Clements' widow frustrated at investigation

DENVER - One year ago Wednesday, the head of the Colorado Department of Corrections was murdered shortly after opening the door of his Monument home.

The murderer, Evan Ebel, eventually died in a shootout in Texas, but to date, the wife of slain DOC leader Tom Clements says the killer has never been publicly acknowledged by the El Paso County Sheriff - a sign she says the investigation as a whole might have problems.

Lisa Clements spoke with 9Wants to Know investigator Chris Vanderveen Tuesday. She says she's frustrated by the lack of answers in an investigation.

Lisa Clements says it's difficult to believe Ebel planned, orchestrated and financed the slaying himself.

"We have a lot of questions that have not yet been answered," she said. "I'm concerned that the lack of coordination across all of the individuals who have information is resulting in little progress."

Clements said she believes her husband would want her to demand the truth.

"I firmly believe Tom would want justice for all of those who were involved," she said.

Clements released the following statement Tuesday:

Today marks one year since Tom was taken from us. We want to thank all of the family and friends that have supported us, prayed for and with us, and shared our struggle over this past year as we continue to search for answers. We also truly appreciate the investigative efforts that have been made so far by all of the different law enforcement agencies. Unfortunately, today we are no closer to finding closure because these investigations into Tom's murder have largely been without conclusive results. Our family sincerely urges all of the investigators to work together to help us understand why this happened and who was involved. Tom's family and friends deserve at least the peace of mind that comes from understanding why we've lost him. It is our hope that a year from now we are not still asking these same questions, waiting for the phone to ring with answers.

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office said in a statement released Tuesday afternoon that it continues "to work diligently on this case to ensure we fully understand if any co-conspirators were involved with Evan Ebel."

The statement goes onto say the investigation is "complex" and "involves the difficult task of looking at threat groups and gangs within and outside the prison system; groups who often exist for the purpose of engaging in criminal activity and do so under the auspice of anonymity."

Read the entire statement:

Lisa Clements currently serves as the director of the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health and has not spoken publicly about the investigation for months.


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