By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
The victim of a Tuesday murder in Torrington has been identified as a 20-year-old Torrington woman.
The Torrington Police Department announced Thursday that Madison Shana Cook was killed in what has been ruled a homicide.
“Madison’s loss is a blow to her family, her many friends, and our community. We ask for continued thoughts and prayers for those who have been impacted,” the department said.
The department is continuing to investigate the murder, arson and vehicle theft that occurred early Tuesday in Torrington. A suspect was taken into custody Tuesday, but had not been identified by Thursday.
Police discovered the murder after the Torrington Fire Department responded to a report of a fire early Tuesday morning.
While firefighters battled the fire, police officers received information that led them to suspect the fire was the result of arson. Based on the information received, officers conducted a follow-up investigation and discovered Cook’s body.
While officers were working the murder scene, a vehicle was reported stolen stolen vehicle was reported on East C Street. The vehicle was ultimately located with assistance from the Goshen County Sheriff’s Department.
The arson, murder and vehicle theft are believed to be related and the crimes are associated with a single suspect, who was detained at the Goshen County Detention Center.