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Crime tape on a hillside near the Rooney Road Recycling Center shows where a body was found. (Steve Nehf, The Denver Post)

The death of 27-year-old pizza delivery man  Nathan Collin Leon left clues scattered across 20 miles of the Denver metro region Sunday.

Denver police said it appeared Leon was shot to death.

His body was discovered at 5:45 p.m. Sunday in an open space in Golden at 151 South Rooney Road, which is near the the junction of West Colfax Avenue, Interstate 70 and Colorado 470.

About noon Sunday Leon was dispatched to deliver a pizza from the Domino's Pizza franchise at 4030 Colorado Blvd., about two blocks south of Interstate 70, to the Sapp Bros Travel Center along Interstate 270.about 3 ½ miles to the northeast, according to police.

Leon's car was found abandoned about a mile and a half from the delivery site. Police have reviewed surveillance tapes at the gas station, but have not released any details about what was found.

Meanwhile Sunday afternoon a person called Leon's family from his cell phone to say it had been found in a ditch in Golden, according to police.

Police received a report from the pizza shop shortly before 2 p.m. Sunday. Leon had been missing for more than two hours after going out on a delivery, police were told.

Denver police assumed command of the investigation Monday, indicating investigators suspect the crime was committed in the city and not Golden.

His body was found by a person using the nearby soccer fields to fly a model plane, authorities said.


Leon was a father of three and worked two jobs to support his family, 9News reported.

"We are heart-broken and speechless," Domino's Pizza said in a statement Monday afternoon."We don't know what to say in the wake of this shocking tragedy.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time. We will be doing whatever we can to assist the officers investigating this case and we hope they find whoever did this as quickly as possible. We have nothing else to say at this time."

Crime Stoppers is offering a $2,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in the case.

Anyone with information can call 720-913-7867.

Joey Bunch: 303-954-1174, or