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Man found dead after being reported missing in Denver

"He’s loving. He would give his shirt off his back if that’s what the person needed," Isaiah Morales' niece said.

DENVER — A man was found dead days after being reported missing from his home in west Denver earlier this month, the Denver Police Department said. 

Police said Isaiah Morales was reported missing from his home in west Denver on June 4. On June 16, his body was found inside a vehicle on Hazel Court near the intersection with Eighth Avenue in the Villa Park neighborhood. 

"My heart broke. I didn't want to believe it," his niece Juliette Aragon said. "He’s loving. He would give his shirt off his back if that’s what the person needed."

Last week, Juliette and her family were told neighbors living near Eagleton Elementary found Isaiah's body in a parked car. He had been missing for two weeks.

The coroner's office said he died of a gunshot wound. Police are investigating his death as a homicide. 

Credit: Metro Denver Crime Stoppers
Isaiah Morales

"I'm not understanding why they would just do this and just leave him like he was nothing. Somebody knows something, and I'm mad and I'm hurt," Jeannette Aragon, Isaiah's sister, said.

"We just want answers. We want justice for my uncle," Juliette said.

Isaiah's family doesn't know who would do this to him. They admitted he was not a perfect man, and he recently bailed out of jail. But they stressed his criminal record didn't stop him from being a loyal friend and loving father. 

"Just because he had a past, it does not identify him, so please speak forward and give us the justice we need, because that's not him as a person," Juliette said. "He's very loving and caring to everybody, and that's not what he would do."

A GoFundMe was created to help with funeral costs. 

Anyone with information that may help the investigation is asked to 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.

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