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Woman identified in north Denver homicide; ex-boyfriend arrested

Elizabeth Hatlas, 50, was found dead in the 3600 block of North High Street Friday morning. Travis Tuomi was arrested.

DENVER — Police arrested a suspect in the death of a woman in north Denver. 

The Denver Police Department (DPD) tweeted Friday morning that officers were conducting a death investigation in the 3600 block of North High Street. 

Friday afternoon, DPD tweeted that the victim was a woman and that her death was being investigated as a homicide. The Denver Medical Examiner's Office identified the woman as 50-year-old Elizabeth Hatlas. She died from asphyxiation, according to the medical examiner's office.

Hatlas' ex-boyfriend, Travis Tuomi, was arrested in connection with her death, police said. The arrest affidavit said Hatlas was strangled to death with an extension cord after she and Tuomi got into an argument. Tuomi is being held on suspicion of first-degree murder.

Hatlas' body was found in the backyard of the home Hatlas and Tuomi shared on High Street.

Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867 or visit metrodenvercrimestoppers.com. Tipsters can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000. 

Metro Denver Crime Stoppers works by assigning a code to people who anonymously submit a tip. Information is shared with law enforcement, and Crime Stoppers is notified at the conclusion of the investigation. 

From there, an awards committee reviews the information provided and, if the information leads to an arrest, the tipster will be notified. Rewards can be collected using the code numbers received when the tip was originally submitted. 

> More information about Metro Denver Crime Stoppers can be found here. 

> Additional Crime Stoppers bulletins can be found here. 

Credit: Denver Police
Travis Tuomi was arrested for allegedly strangling his ex-girlfriend, Elizabeth Hatlas, to death with an extension cord.

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