A suspect has been arrested in connection with the death of a 31-year-old man whose partially decomposed body was found in a stolen SUV in the Villa Park area of Denver.
The victim, Isaiah Morales, was reported missing and was last seen on June 4, according to a police press release. On June 16, his body was found in the back seat of a parked Ford Explorer in the 800 block of Hazel Court. There was a parking ticket on the car.
A passerby called 911 to report a strong odor coming from the vehicle, according to an affidavit of arrest. The body was partially covered with a windshield sunshade and a jacket. Morales had been shot in the head. The vehicle in which his body was found was stolen. Investigators suspect the fatal shot was fired into the car.
Morales’ missing person report said he was partially wearing a red baseball cap when he went missing. The victim in the vehicle also wore a red hat and investigators made the connection.
The Denver Office of the Medical Examiner made a positive identification of the body as that of Morales. According to the affidavit, he had been shot three times, once in the head and twice in the shoulder.
On Tuesday, Spencer Doom, 30, was arrested in Edgewater on suspicion of first-degree murder, according to police.
Investigators found a fingerprint on the SUV’s exterior door and linked it to Doom, the affidavit said. Investigators found surveillance video footage of Doom, taken on June 9, driving the stolen SUV to a pawn shop in Lakewood.
A license plate on the Ford SUV linked the stolen vehicle to a theft in Wheat Ridge in which two suspects stole more than $1,300 in scents. Surveillance video of the theft includes footage of Doom, according to the affidavit.
The investigation used information from the victim’s mobile phone, which was found in his pocket.
Morales was shot on June 4 at about 7:40 PM on the 600 block of Wolff Street, the affidavit said, and the SUV was later taken to Hazel Court and left there with the body inside.
Doom is being held in Denver Jail without bail. He has a hearing on Thursday morning.