Lakewood police Thursday night named a person of interest in the slaying of a 66-year-old family-law attorney who was found dead Tuesday night.
Police said they would like to question Warren Dale Watson, 52, about the case.
Watson is described as a black male approximately 5 foot, 6 inches tall and weighing 170 pounds. Watson is known to wear glasses. Watson is a wanted fugitive on an unrelated case and there is an active warrant for his arrest.
Claudia Miller's body was found by a cleaning crew Tuesday night in the building at 445 Union St. Though the cause of her death was not released, police said there was trauma to her body.
Her black 2012 Honda Accord was found in the north Denver metro area Thursday, but police did not specify where.
Detectives believed the car "had been stolen from the parking lot at her office following the murder," Lakewood police said in statement Thursday.
The car is being combed for evidence.
Earlier, police released surveillance photos from a Walmart at East 36th Avenue and Quebec Street and a King Soopers at East 28th Avenue and Quebec showing a man who was using her credit cards after the slaying.
Crime Stoppers is offering a $2,000 reward.
Anyone who has information about the case or about Watson's whereabouts is asked to call 911 immediately. Tips also can be given to Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867.
Miller's family released a statement Thursday afternoon and asked for privacy from the media to cope with their loss.
"Claudia was a loving sister, mother and grandmother, who dedicated her life to helping others," they said. "In over 30 years practicing law, she committed herself to helping people navigate a complex legal system, in times of family crisis, when they needed help most. She spent most of her spare time with her adoring grandchildren and friends, and was an avid Broncos and Rockies fan.
"Claudia is survived by two children, three grandchildren, two sisters and many, many other dear friends and relatives who will miss her dearly."
Caroline M. Sada, head of the First Judicial District Bar Association, said Wednesday that Miller was "just fun."
"She loved to tease. She loved to laugh. She was always joking around, but she was serious when she needed to be."
"We loved her very, very much," she said. "Claudia is tremendously loved and she is going to be missed."
Watson has a lengthy arrest record across the Denver metro region, including numerous burglary, theft and forgery charges, as well as three escapes since 1992 in Denver and Jefferson counties.
He spent October 2006 to September 2008 in a Colorado state prison stemming from 1999 theft and escape convictions, and wasn't scheduled to be released from Cheyenne Mountain Re-entry Center in Colorado Springs until November 2014, records indicate.
He also has served prison time in Oklahoma.
Other public records show he has lived in Denver, Golden, Montgomery, Ala., Pensacola, Fla., Hanover, Ind., and Cincinnati since the mid-1980s.
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