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Sheriff: Details of murder-suicide case 'shocking'

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Grand County deputies say 62-year-old William Ahrold and his 9-year-old son Jackson were found dead in a white van just off County Road 1 at the end of County Road 102 in southwestern Grand County.

Authorities found the van on Saturday and said the pair had been dead for several days. They say Ahrold and his son were reported missing by the Denver Police Department on Dec. 13, and were last seen on Dec. 9.

Someone broke into the van and stole several items, including the gun that belonged to William Ahrold between Dec. 9 and Saturday, according to deputies. They are following numerous leads in hopes of finding the person or persons who tampered with the scene.

Johnson says on Wednesday he plans on releasing new details in the case, but has not specified what part of the case, the murder-suicide or the theft, the details are concerning.

A team of 12 investigators with the CBI are working on this case.

"This has been around the clock investigation for us since we've been requested Saturday afternoon, and this is a very fluid investigation," Colorado Bureau of Investigations Assistant Director Steve Johnson said. "The entire Denver investigative staff [of the CBI] is dedicated to this."

At Ahrold's University Hills home in south Denver, toys are scattered outside and the Christmas lights are still on.

His 9 year-old son Jackson lived with him at the home part of the time.

It's been a few weekends since neighbors have seen the father and son.

"Everyone was like, 'Where's Bill?'" neighbor John Wasinger said.

Last Tuesday, Wasinger says Ahrold's 44-year-old ex-wife, Gretchen Blenkarn, stopped by to ask if anyone had seen the two.

Court records show the couple divorced in 2007.

"She was looking for them. She said, 'They're gone.' I said I saw them the other day," Wasinger said.

Around that same time, a missing persons report was filed.

"He put up the Christmas lights and everything, and then disappeared. I am in shock. That breaks my heart. I can't imagine that because he loved that kid. They had a lot of fun. They were always out there in the front kicking the ball around," Wasinger said.

Wasinger says Ahrold built homes and did own a white van.

Blenkarn wasn't at her Denver home on Tuesday evening, but her neighbors say Jackson also spent time there.

Wasinger says he saw Ahrold driving his son to school almost every day.

"He was a good kid. He was always out there making noise, running around and playing. I'll miss them both," Wasinger said.

Blenkarn's father, who lives in Colorado Springs, told us the family is not commenting at this time.

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