June 18, 2002
COUNTY COURT, MESA COUNTY, COLORADO
AFFIDAVIT IN SUPPORT OF ARREST WARRANT
PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF COLORADO
Michael Francis Blagg (DOB 02/18/63) White male, 6'01", 200 lbs, brown hair, hazel eyes, SSN: 507-94-2197
COMES NOW, Sergeant Wayne Weyler, being of lawful age and first duly sworn upon oath, states and alleges in support of an arrest warrant for the above-named Defendant as follows:
1. Your affiant is a duly employed law enforcement officer with the Mesa County Sheriff's Office, Grand Junction, Colorado at all times relevant to this affidavit. The information contained in this affidavit was compiled by your affiant in the course of an official criminal investigation by speaking to fellow law enforcement officers, citizen informants, personal observations, and reviewing official law enforcement reports. All locations referred to are in Mesa County, Colorado unless specifically noted otherwise.
2. Your affiant is a 21-year employee of law enforcement, almost 16 years with the Adams County Sheriffs Office and a 5 year employee of the Mesa County Sheriff's Office. Your affiant has spent 16 years in Investigations, 15 years of that working crimes against persons cases. Your affiant has investigated in excess of 75 homicides and over 500 unattended deaths, suicides and accidental deaths. Your affiant has investigated approximately 30 kidnappings or purported kidnappings. Your affiant has had hundreds of hours of training throughout the Western United States in the investigation of homicides, unattended deaths, suicides, accidental deaths, kidnappings, domestic violence, crime scene interpretation and analysis, profiling, Interview and Interrogation and Investigative Techniques. Your affiant has instructed in Homicide & Death Investigations, Sexual Assaults, Child Abuse Investigations, Preliminary Investigations and Interview and Interrogation. See attachment A, two pages for further details.
3. At about 1637 hours on 11/13/01, Mesa County Sheriff's Office
Deputies Tim Orr and Jeff Doty were dispatched by 911 to 2253 Pine Terrace
Court reference an unknown problem. While en-route, dispatch advised the
responding deputies that the reporting person said his 34-year-old wife
and 6-year-old daughter were missing, there was blood on a bed, items
scattered around the house, and the back door was open. The reporting
person advised dispatch he had left for work at 0600 hrs. on 11/13/01.
While on the phone with a dispatcher, the reporting person, identified as
Michael Blagg, advised he came home and found that his wife and daughter
were missing and the contents of his wife's purse were strewn around on
the floor and there was blood on the floor, dripping from the bed. While
5. Both Deputies exited the residence and advised Sgt. Coleman of their observations. Deputy Doty took Sgt. Coleman into the master bedroom and showed him the crime scene. They left the residence and sealed the scene by placing crime scene tape around the residence. Both Deputies maintained security around the residence while Sgt. Coleman notified Investigations.
6. Deputy Orr, in a subsequent interview with Investigator Barley and Lt. Dick Dillon, stated that some of the blood was dry and did not have a glazed look. Deputy Orr stated based on his life and law enforcement experiences, he believed the blood to have been there at least 4 to 5 hours. Deputy Orr has been in law enforcement almost 2 years and has prior experience with search and rescue in Phoenix, Arizona. Your affiant spoke to Sgt. John Coleman with the Mesa County Sheriffs Office who stated when he viewed the blood on the bed and floor it did not look extremely fresh. Sgt. Coleman stated some of the blood on the bed and floor was coagulating, the blood was somewhat glazing over. Sgt. Coleman stated in his opinion that the time the blood needed to strain over the bed and onto the floor would have taken some time. Sgt. Coleman stated it was his opinion based on his 8 years in law enforcement and approximately 30 to 40 suicide scenes in his career he believed the blood to have been there more than 3 to 4 hours but less than 24 hours.
7. On 11/13/01, Mr. Blagg responded to the Sheriff's Office and spoke with Investigator Steven King and Sgt. Wayne Weyler for approximately 7 hours. Mr. Blagg said he last saw his wife, Jennifer Blagg, DOB 01/08/67, and his daughter, Abby Blagg, DOB 03/27/95, at approximately 0600 hours on 11/13/01, prior to leaving the home for work. Mr. Blagg stated he called home several times during the day to check on Jennifer. Mr. Blagg stated he called home at approximately 0700 hours, 0705 hours, 1000 hours, noon time and finally at around 1500 hours and was not able to make contact with Jennifer or Abby Blagg. Mr. Blagg stated he became concerned that Jennifer was not answering the home phone or her cellular phone by noontime. Mr. Blagg stated he did not call Abby's school to check on Abby or to see if his wife Jennifer was there. Jennifer Blagg volunteers some of her time at Abby's school, Bookcliff Christian School. Mr. Blagg in his interview said he got up at 0530 hours and he physically saw Jennifer and Abby and they were both sleeping. Mr. Blagg states he got to work at 0600 hours.
8. Mr. Blagg, in his interview with Investigator King and your affiant,
points out in detail that he saw that two pillows missing from the bed, a
third was left on the bed, the jewelry box was on the floor and the
contents of the purse were on the floor. Mr. Blagg stated his wife's
vehicle, a maroon Ford Windstar, was parked in the garage. Mr. Blagg said
the backdoor to his residence was open when he got home and this door
normally has a small portable battery operated alarm on the handle. The
alarm was still on the door handle but was not sounding when Mr. Blagg got
home. Mr. Blagg gave specific details of items that had been tampered
with. Mr. Blagg did not point out anything else in the house that was
tampered with. It is noteworthy that Mr. Blagg could point out the only
things in the house that had been tampered with and actually did match
what was later found in the crime scene. Mr. Blagg denied having anything
to do with his wife and daughter’s disappearance or harming either of them
in any way. Mr. Blagg said he has no idea where his wife and daughter are
located or why the home was in disarray. Michael Blagg states his wife
normally drives the maroon Ford Windstar and he drives a 1998 Dodge
Stratus, SD, bearing Colorado license plate 356-BCM. Mr. Blagg states they
do not own any other
9. On 11/13/01, your afftant contacted both St. Mary's Hospital and Community Hospital and found neither Jennifer nor Abby Blagg were there receiving medical treatment. Subsequently Investigators with the Mesa County Sheriffs Office have checked with all conventional modes of transportation leaving the Grand Junction, Colorado area, i.e., planes, trains, buses and automobile rentals and have found no evidence of Jennifer and/or Abby Blagg voluntarily leaving the Grand Junction area using their correct identifications. All known financial records and accounts available to Jennifer Blagg have been checked and no withdrawals or credit card usages have been found that would provide the finances needed to travel. As of 06/05/02 no ransom calls, letters or attempts from Abbey or Jennifer Blagg have been received.
10. On 11/13/01, Deputy Orr contacted Mesa County Deputy District Attorney Eret, who lives near Mr. Blagg's residence. DDA Eret stated she observed Mr. Blagg arrive at his home at about 1620 hrs. on 11/13/01, driving a white colored Dodge Stratus bearing Colorado License Plate #356BCM that was currently parked in the street in front of 2253 Pine Terrace Court. An NCIC/CCIC check of Colorado license plate #356BCM shows registered to a 1998 Dodge Stratus, VIN #1B3EJ46XXWN212268 to Michael and Jennifer Blagg.
11. Employees and co-workers at Ametek Dixson where Michael Blagg works
stated they saw Michael Blagg arrive at work between 0540 hours and 0600
hours. A video tape at Ametek Dixson showed Michael Blagg at an entrance
door at 0556 hours on 11/13/01. Employees and coworkers have accounted for
the majority of time for Michael Blagg between 0540 hours and 1600 hours.
Some coworkers indicated that Michael Blagg was seen more frequently
around the office than usual on 11/13/01. Employees stated Michael Blagg
ate lunch in the company lunch room, which was unusual for him.
13. On 11/13/01, Shawn Wallace, another employee of Ametek-Dixson, saw Michael Blagg pushing a pallet jack with two large cardboard boxes toward the rear of the building where the loading are. Shawn Wallace asked if he could assist Michael Blagg in moving the boxes. Michael Blagg looked at Wallace with a serious look on his face and stated "nope, just get away". Mr. Wallace stated that Michael Blagg’s voice was serious and strong and Shawn Wallace was surprised by Michael Blaggs rejection. Wallace has offered assistance to Michael Blagg in the past and Michael Blagg had never responded in the manner he did on 11/13/01.
14. Michael Blagg was overseeing a operations move to Mexico where a trailer was being loaded in the loading dock area. According to Investigator King there is only one loading dock area and the trash compactor is on that loading dock. Investigator King also noticed that there is a bathroom and shower within approximately 20 feet of the loading dock.
15. Sergeant R. 1. Russell with the Grand Junction Police Department determined that BFI had been requested to pick up the trash from the compactor on 11/1301. Through further investigation it was determined that Julie Pommier with BFI was called on 11/13/01 by Jim Boden, who is an employee with Ametek-Dixson. BFI did pick up the trash from the compactor on 11/14/01. Jim Boden stated to Sergeant Russell that the trash is picked up when it is full and is not based on a schedule. Jim Boden stated that he (Jim Boden) specifically requested the trash be picked up and Michael Blagg had no conversations with him about when the trash would be picked up.
16. On 11/13/01, Investigator Ehlers obtained a search warrant for the Blagg residence, located at 2253 Pine Terrace Court, Grand Junction, Mesa County, Colorado, signed by the Honorable Judge Massaro. After the warrant was signed, Investigators G. Johnson and Jim Hebenstreit went through the residence in the evening hours of 11/13/01 to take video. While entering the front door in the foyer from the front door to the living room they observed clear liquid droplets on the floor. Investigator Hebertstreit recorded several messages from an answering machine in the residence none of which contained a ransom or kidnapping. There were several messages from Michael Blagg inquiring as to why Jennifer was not home.
17. On 11/14/01, agents with the Colorado Bureau of Investigations
(CBI) and Investigators with the Mesa County Sheriffs Office executed the
search warrant and processed the crime scene. CBI
18. One pillow was found on the bed in the master bedroom. Michael Blagg told us that two pillows were missing from the bed that Jennifer would use on her side for comfort. There was a jewelry box and purse that appeared to have been tampered with lying on the floor of the master bedroom of the residence. The jewelry box was empty and the contents of a purse were dumped on the floor next to the empty jewelry box. There was a set of sweat clothes lying on the floor near the contents of the purse and jewelry box. In the sweat clothes were two sets of underwear. One pair of underwear that was inside the sweat pants indicated the sweatpants and one pair of underwear were taken off at the same time. On the dresser, a set of car keys belonging to the Ford Windstar were lying next to a black purse. In Abby’s room, the bed was unmade and there a doll on the bed with the doll’s head partially on a pillow. The covers to the bed were pulled back leaving the bottom sheet and doll exposed. According to Mr. Blagg, as a matter of practice whenever Jennifer and Abby Blagg got up in the morning, they would make their beds. Nowhere else in the residence did it appear that anything had been tampered with or disturbed. No drawers appeared to have been opened and nothing appeared to have been rifled through. There were other valuables, including portable safes, a bag of money and a weapon in the master bedroom. The rest of the residence appeared undisturbed and several valuables that were readily viewable were not moved or tampered with. The house was in order and very clean. First impressions of the scene by several experienced investigators, including your affiant, and crime scene technicians seemed to suggest the scene was "staged’. There is no evidence of struggle between the killer/abductor and victims.
19. Dr. Robert Kurtzman, Forensic Pathologist and Coroner with Mesa County came to the scene and viewed the amount of blood on the bed and floor. Dr. Kurtzman's opinion was that the amount of blood found at the scene could amount to serious bodily injury or death to a small six-year-old girl and could amount to serious bodily injury or death to an adult if not treated in an appropriate amount of time.
20. Investigator Norcross with the Mesa County Sheriffs Office spoke to Marilyn Conway, mother of Jennifer Blagg. Marylyn Conway lives in Haltom City. Texas. Marilyn Conway said she last spoke to her daughterr Jennifer on 1/12/01 in the evening hours. Marilynn Conway stated she expected a phone call prior to about 0800 hrs. on 11/13/01, due to Ms. Conway having a significant doctor's appointment concerning Ms. Conway's ongoing cancer treatment later that date. Ms. Conway said it was common practice for Jennifer Blagg to call her prior to doctor’s appointments so they could pray together. Marilynn Conway stated she did not receive a phone call from Jennifer on 11/13/01, prior to 0900 Texas time, which was very unusual prior to a doctor's appointment. Ms. Conway said Jennifer Blagg knew Ms. Conway was having lunch with a cousin and Ms. Conway was also surprised when she returned home in the afternoon of 11/13/01 and there was no phone message from Ms. Blagg.
21. Investigator Jim Hebenstreit spoke to Dianna Shirley who stated she spoke twice to Jennifer on l1/12/0l, and then tried to call Jennifer Blagg twice at home on 11/13/01, the first time at approximately 0845 hours but did not get any answer. Sgt. R. Rosales interviewed Helen West, a neighbor across the street from the Blagg's, who stated she spoke to Jennifer Blagg on 11/12/01 at around 2000 hours.
23. Sergeant Rusty Callow interviewed Judy Currie again on 01/12/02. Ms. Currie told Sergeant Callow that she had seen Michael Blagg’s van drive past the from her residence on Pine Terrace Court during the early afternoon hours of 01/12/02. She stated that she thought Michael Blagg was riding in the passenger seat of the van, which was driven by a female. Ms. Currie asked Sergeant Callow if the van had been released to Michael Blagg. Sergeant Callow informed her the van was still being held as evidence. Ms. Currie repeated that the van she saw looked just like the Blagg's van and the person in the passenger seat looked like Michael Blagg. Based on surveillance conducted by members of the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office on 01/12/02, Sergeant Callow determined that Michael Blagg was not in the area of Pine Terrace Court on that date.
24. On 11/16/01 and 11/17/01, Investigator Jim Hebenstreit interviewed Louells Cross. Louella Cross stated she use to work for Colorado Legal Services Up to 11/09/01. Louella Cross stated around the beginning of November 2001, a woman and young girl came in to Colorado Legal Services. The woman was frightened. The woman made mention "She couldn’t handle it anymore?I can’t take anymore of this abuse." Louella Cross asked the woman if there was domestic violence; the woman said yes. The woman asked to see an attorney. Louella Cross advised her that she needed to fill our an intake sheet and the arrorneys would review it. The woman became upset that she couldn’t see an attorney and did not want to fill our paperwork. Louella Cross stated the woman was "scared to death." Louella Cross described the woman as being approximately 5'4" to 5'S", somewhat slender build, and her hair was kind of a brown color. She could not remember what the woman was wearing. Louella Cross stated the little girl was approximately 5 to 6 years old, wearing bib overalls, a blouse with puffy sleeves, white in color, with some stripes. Louella Cross stated she read the article in the newspaper and saw the picture of the missing mother and child and believed these were the two that were in her office approximately two weeks ago. Louella Cross states that what stuck in her mind was that the woman was from South Carolina. Investigator Jim Hebenstreit showed two photographs of Jennifer Blagg and Abby Blagg to Louella Cross. Louella Cross immediately stated the picture of the little girl was the same little girl that came into her office with her mother looking for an attorney. Ms. Cross stated she was almost positive that the photograph of Jennifer Blagg was the mother who came into her office.
25. On 11/17/01, your affiant checked our in-house Sheriff's Department computer records and learned the telephone number #970-245-4649 is listed to Michael Blagg DOB: 02/18/63, residing at 2253 Pine Terrace Court, Grand Junction. At approximately 1320 hours, Sgt. R. Rosales dialed #970-245-4649 from his office at the Sheriff's Department. Sgt. Rosales heard a recorded message saying this is the "Blagg" residence. In addition, Investigator Ehlers who was at 2253 Pine Terrace Court, Grand Junction, during the phone call, heard Sgt. Rosales on the Blagg residence answer machine. The answering machine was taken into evidence, however, we replaced the answering machine. As of this date, no calls of ransom demands or calls from Jennifer or Abby Blagg have been made to the Blagg's residence.
26. On 11/20/01, Investigator Beverly Jarrell interviewed Vona and Gary
Murphy of 2261 Pine Terrace Court. The Murphy's stated on 11/13/01,
between 0700 hoursand 0715 hours they were leaving to go on vacation in
Las Vegas, Nevada. While pulling out of the subdivision they saw a white
female, betwecn 5'2" and 5'4", stocky build wearing a coat and stocking
cap which covered her hair walking across Pine Terrace Court from
Greenbelt. According to the Murphy's, the felamle had an "intense,
deranged, cranky, angry" look on her face. The Murphy's stated they viewed
a photo of Jennifer Blagg and were 98 to 99 % sure this was the same woman
they saw in the early morning of
27. On 11/26/01, your afftant spoke to Mr. Blagg. Mr. Blagg asked your affiant about the DNA results. Your affiant told Mr. Blagg that we had not received them. Mr. Blagg stated his hope was that the blood came back to someone other than Jennifer or Abby. Your affiant told Mr. Blagg we were looking for other items in the home in which we could get DNA samples for Jennifer and Abby. Mr. Blagg "Jennifer’s retainer case." Your affiant asked what he meant. Mr. Blagg stated Jennifer wears a retainer for teeth at nighttime only. Mr. Blagg stated the case is in the bathroom on the counter. Mr. Blagg then added the retainer and case should be there. Mr. Blagg stated Jennifer wears the retainer every night and takes it off in the morning when she gets up. Mr. Blagg again stated we might be able to get DNA off the retainer or case. Investigator King told your affiant that Michael Blagg told him that Jennifer would always remove the retainer from her mouth and place the retainer into the retainer case in the morning before she did anything else. The retainer was not found in the retainer case, nor was the retainer located in the residence during the extensive search of the residence pursuant to a search warrant. The absence of the retainer indicates that Jennifer was harmed or incapacitated in her bedroom before getting out of bed. Mr. Blagg then went on to suggest Jennifer's makeup, lipstick, sheets and clothing in the laundry room as other Sources of jennifer's DNA. Your affiant asked Mr. Blagg what his degree was in from Georgia Tech. Mr. Blagg stated Nuclear Engineering. Your affiant stated he (Mr. Blagg) knew a lot about DNA. Mr. Blagg stated he took a lot of chemistry classes.
28. During the search of the residence, a computer was seized with the permission of Michael Blagg. Investigator Piechota of the Mesa County Sheriffs Office arid Detective Julie Stogsdill of the Grand Junction Police Department have searched the computer harddrive and temporary files. They have found in the deleted temporary files nuneros adult pornography images. Investigator Piechota stated he has sstill over 13,000 images and files to go through. Investigator Piechota has found in excess of a thousand pornographic images and files and 91 adult hardcore pornography and approximately 250 adult pornography references. Numerous pornographic images and files were found on his lap top and work computer. Earlier Michael Blagg had mentioned to Investigator King that it was embarrassing for him to talk about, but we would probably find Some sexually-oriented websites on his computer. Mr. Blagg stated that he and his wife Jennifer were having difficulty having intercourse due to her hysterectomy from a vaginal disease so they were researching oral sex.
29. Michael Blagg's work computer was searched based on consent from
Michael Blagg and Ametek-Dixon. Found on this harddrive was an email
written to Jennifer however not sent. This email was typed 11/13/02 at
1558 hours. The email stated "Jennifer, I love you! I am sorry that we
have ruined this day and the opportunity to spend our lunch time together.
I don't know what went wrong. My intent was to spend a wonderful time with
you and coincindentally get some Christmas shopping done. That obviously
went horribly astray.. The Lord tells me to not let the sun go down on my
anger and so I won’t. You are the light of my life. I ask for your
forgiveness for any wrongs I have done to you and I also forgive the
wrongs I have perceived against me. I do not want us to waste a weekend
being angry with one another. I would love to take some time today to talk
through the problems we are having. I will send this as an e-mail and also
I will bring it home to you. After Paul says to not let the sun go down on
our anger, he says, do not give the devil a foothold. Eph 4:27. I am sorry
if I have given the devil a foothold. I will always love you".
31. On 12/07/01, Colorado Bureau of Investigation's preliminary DNA results have come back to the Mesa County Sheriffs Office. Your affiant read these reports arid spoke to one of the serologist who conducted some of the tests. The results show that blood from the bed sheet in the master bedroom, carpet in the master bedroom and several swabs from the Maroon Ford Windstar matched the samples of DNA collected from Jennifer Blagg's hairbrush and toothbrush found in the master bedroom. There were some samples collected that could not be matched or were of an insufficient quantity to test. A control sample of Abby Blagg's blood has not been found as of this date and more items that could be used for controls are being sent to CBI.
32. Captain Bill Gardner and your affiant spoke to retired FBI agent Ron Walker over the phone on 11/21/01 and 12/11/01. Ron Walker is retired from the FBI and now is employed as a Senior Analyst for Threat Assessment Group Inc. and Park Deitz & Associates, Inc., as a Criminologist. Prior to this, he worked FBI from 1980 to 2000. From 1983 to 1989, Agent Walker worked as a Senior Criminal Investigative Profiler, Investigator Criminal Personality Research Project and Special Agent in Charge of the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. From 1989 to 2000, Agent Walker was the Special Agent in Charge of the Denver Field Office, supervisor of the Evidence Response Team, Coordinator for the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime, and Supervisor of the Violent Crimes/Fugitive Task Force. Retired Agent Walker has a Master of Arts in Counseling, Psychology and has had thousand of hours of training in Profiling, Violent Crimes. Retired Agent Walker continues to train professionals in violent crimes, profiling and other disciplines. Retired Agent Walker has provided expertise and consultations in many violent crimes throughout the world. Retired Agent Walker has been qualified as an expert witness in several Colorado and California Courts in Behavioral Crime Analysis, Kidnapping, Sex Crimes, Signature analysis and Pattern/Signature analysis for prior similar transactions. See attachment B, 7 pages, for additional details.
33. Captain Gardner gave a brief summary of the case to Retired Agent Walker including the crime scene and some of the statements of witnesses. In addition Retired Agent Walker watched and read some of the news media involving this case. Retired Agent Walker also saw a news conference of Michael Blagg. Retired Agent Ron Walker stated from the first time he saw Michael Blagg on television and learned details of the crime, "I saw red flags waving around Mr. Blagg." Mr. Walker stated based upon his training, education and experience analyzing homicides from a behavioral science perspective, Retired Agent Walker believes law enforcement should focus much of their investigative analysis on Michael Btagg even though Michael Blagg is declaring this crime is a "whodunit." Retired Agent Walker stated he is 99% certain this crime is not a "random killing." Retired Agent Walker's basis for this theory is that; the execution, crime scene clean up an body removal took time, stanger intruders are not normally comfortable with long periods of time in a dwelling. Retired Agent Walker asked who would be comfortable meticulously cleaning up after the murders? Secondly, burglars and rapists do not move and transport bodies; their perception of risk is increased with removal of a body. The neighborhood is a relatively crime-free subdivision. The type of crimes in these types of neighborhoods are likely to be property crimes, not violent crimes. When violent crimes of this nature occur in such neighborhoods, investigators may assume the victim(s) are "targeted."
34. Retired Agent Walker continued saying the question becomes "why these victims and why here and now?" Retired Agent Walker stated Jennifer and Abby Blagg are "low-risk victims." Low-risk victims are targeted victims. Retired Agent Walker stated these victims are a result of a personalized attack. Retired Agent Walker told us that victims in these types of environments (upper middle class and killed in their own home/bedroom equate to an intimate partner killer." Retired Agent Walker believes this crime "is the result of interwined intimate relationships." Retired Agent Walker said in this type of killing "almost always the intimate partner has done the killing." Retired Agent Walker answered the question as to whether it could be a "hired killer theory." Retired Agent Walker stated if it were a professional hit, then the suspect would at least want Jennifer's body found possibly with a ransom note. The hired killer would not want both bodies missing.
35. Retired Agent Walker stated the next question to answer is what the
crime scene is telling us. Retired Agent Walker advised that the blood
found is in the most intimate place in the home, on the victim's side of
the bed and this was not a coincidence. The crime took a lot of time to
commit and cover up. Whoever committed this crime had a high level of
comfort in the house. The pooling of blood, lack of hi velocity blood
spatter told Retired Agent Walker the following; the victim was asleep
when she was when she was killed, there is no signs of struggle; the blood
evidence is consistent with the
36. Retired Agent Walker stated that the body(s) removal mean most likely Michael Blagg committed the crime. The body removable took time, the bodies had to be "bagged." The blood evidence in the van indicates incidental transfer evidence the killer did not see. The water droplets at the front foyer are remnants of the killer’s through cleaning effort. He wiped and mopped the house clean. Retired Agent Walker stated that if the blood in the bed is identified as the mother’s, then Abby then Abby may have been murdered-in a different way.
37. Retired Agent Walker concluded that behavioral scientist's "rule of thumb", is body removal indicates intimate relationship between the killer and the victim(s). The crime took a long time to accomplish, the total lack of blood evidence from the bed to the van and then not found in the van's back seat indicates the bodies were bagged and sealed. This is an intimate crime scene. Jennifer was the target and Abby was most likely an "ancillary victim.’ The crime is premeditated. Once again Retired Agent Walker reiterated that 99% of the time when the bodies are remove , it is an intimate partner who does the killing. Retired Agent Walker stated Michael Blagg set up a good alibi wanting to prove his innocence by calling home, leaving messages and being seen at work as much as he was.
38. On December 14,2001, at approximately 1120 hours Investigator King and Sergeant Callow went to the Mesa County Sheriffs Office Impound Lot to determine how much fuel would be needed to fill the gas tank of Blagg's Ford Van (331-BCM), which was secured in the Impound Lot after it was seized at the Blagg's residence. Investigator King started the vehicle and provided Sergeant Callow with the odometer reading (8,619.5) prior to driving the van to the gas station at N. 1st Street and Grand. Sergeant Callow followed Investigator King to the gas station in another vehicle. Investigator King told Sergeant Callow that the odometer reading on the van upon arrival at the gas station was 8,619.8. Sergeant Callow filled the gas tank of the Blagg van. The pump reading showed that it took 7.0 gallons of gas to fill the tank. Investigator King told Sergeant Callow that he checked the on-board computer system in the van before the gas tank was filled. Investigator King told Sergeant Callow that the computer reading showed that the van was getting an average of 17.9 miles per gallon. Sergeant Callow concluded that the Blagg van traveled approximately 125 miles since the last time that the fuel tank was
40. On December 18,2001, Sergeant Callow spoke with FBI Special Agent
Gerard Downes who is currently the Supervising Agent of the FBI's Critical
Incident Response Group, which is affiliated, with the National Center for
the Analysis of Violent Crime. (See attachment C for Downes
41. CB1 findings dated 12/10/01 state DNA profiles from several items of blood found in master bedroom and the van match the DNA profile of Jennifer Blagg. CBI results dated 3/20/02 of latents found on the jewelry' box and assorted items from the purse lying on the master bedroom floor indicated that latent finger prints matched Michael Blagg. Latent Finderprints matching Michael Blagg were also found on the contents of assorted items from the purse. As of this date no blood has been located which would match the DNA profile of Abby Blagg.
42. During the week of 01/11/02 while conducting surveillance of Michael Blagg, investigators observed Michael Blagg removing offlce furniture and property (paper shredder) from his place of employment at Ametek-Dixson at 287 27 Road, Grand Junction, Colorado. Investigators spoke to management of Ametek-Dixson who stated Michael Blagg did not have permission to have these items and reported the items stolen at that time. On 02/05/02 and 02/08/02 Investigators conducted two two search warrents of Michael Blagg's new residence of 4330 North Club Court #B, Grand Junction, Colorado and recovered every item reported stolen from Ametek-Dixson.
43. On -02/05102, -Investigators requested Michael Blagg come in for
another interview and polygraph. Michael Blagg agreed. The interview
lasted approximately 10 hours. The interview was conducted by Agent Bill
Irwin with the FBI, Investigators George Barley, Steven King and your
affiant. During the interview Michael Blagg continually denied knowing
what happened to his wife Jennifer and his daughter Abby. Michael Blagg
surmised that this act was a robbery that had gone bad or that a family or
people who wanted children took Abby. Michael Blagg was confronted with
the thefts from Ametek-Dixson. Michael Blagg denied for several hours that
he ever stole anything saying that he took the items, which he believed
were being sold in a company yard sale. When confronted with the
overwhelming evidence of people seeing him take all the items, Michael
Blagg finally admitted that he stole the office furniture and paper
shredder. Michael Blagg was confronted with the fact that over 1800 items
of pornography were on his personal computers and work computers. Michael
Blagg denied for a moment he was doing viewing the pornography to this
extreme. When hundreds of the pictures were displayed to Michael Blagg he
admitted to viewing the pornography however his wife, Jennifer would often
join him in viewing the pornographic pictures. After several hours,
Michael Blagg said his wife did confront him once about 4 or 5 months ago
about viewing the pornography. Michael Blagg said he would view the
44. Your affiant confronted Michael Blagg about seeing a prostitute.
Michael Blagg denied ever seeing a prostitute. Michael Blagg was
confronted about a fight he and his wife had the Friday
45. Towards the end of the interview your affiant confronted Michael
Blagg telling him that I knew he banned his wife and what I didn't know
was why. Michael Blagg broke down sobbing lightly. Your affiant told
Michael Blagg tell me the truth about what happened to Jennifer. Michael
while sobbing, his head lowered and his Iips quivering replied "I can't."
Your affiant repeated several times to Michael Blagg to tell me the truth.
Michael Blagg kept responding I can't tell you." Your affiant then told
Michael Blagg to at least tell me where Jennifer and Abby were at. Michael
Blagg raised his head, looked straight into your affiant's eyes and said
calmly,"I really don't know where they are at."
46. On 02/06/02 Investigator Barley went over to Michael Blagg's residence at 4330 North Club Court, unit B, to pick up the rest of the stolen items Michael Blagg admitted taking. Upon arrival Michael Blagg did not answer the door. Based on concern for Michael Blagg's safety, forced entry was made. Michael Blagg was found naked in a bathtub with both of his wrists slit. Concerned that Michael Blagg was going to die I attempted to obtain a dying declaration. Michael Blagg denied doing anything to his wife and daughter. Michael Blagg did leave a suicide note saying he did not harm his wife and daughter and that things would be said about him that were not true. Michael Blagg recovered from his wounds while at St. Mary's Hospital.
47. On 02/21/02 Special Agent Jeffrey Newton with the FBI interviewed Edith Gail Melson, DOB 01/11/62 in Simpsonville, South Carolina. Edith Melson stated she met the Blaggs in 1998 and remained friends with Jennifer Blagg until now. Edith Melson stated that she last spoke to Jennifer Blagg approximately 10 days prior to her disappearance. Melson said Jennifer Blagg told her two things that have haunted her since learning of Jennifer's disappearance. Edith Melson stated the first thing was that Jennifer asked her to pray for her concerning a problem she is having. Ms. Melson said that Jennifer added that she has something to tell her, but she couldn't tell her at that time. Melson said that Jennifer told her that what she had to say would be very upsetting.
48. Ms. Melson said Jennifer then told her that she and Abby were planning to come to South Carolina soon for a visit. Melson said this statement upset her more than her earlier prayer request. Ms.Melson explained that it would be highly unusual and uncharacteristic for Michael Blagg to allow Jennifer and Abby to travel to South Carolina without him. Melson stated that while she was very excited at seeing her best friend again, she was scared about the implications behind the visit. Ms. Melson stated she feared this may be a sign of serious marital problems between Jennifer and Michae1, and this may have been the reason for the visit.
49. On 05/13/02, as a result of the ongoing investigation, a search was begun of the Mesa County Landfill. On 05/15/02, two days after the search of the landfill began, Michael Blagg left Grand Junction, Colorado and moved to Warner Robbins, Georgia. The landfill staff was able to determine an area likely to contain refuse from November of 2001. An excavator was used to remove refuse from the area on to a flat area and then several investigators would rake through what came out of the bucket. While in this area several newspapers and papers were found with the date of 11/13/02. Several articles with the name of Ametek-Dixson were also found in this general area. On the 17th day of the search, 06/04/02 at approximately 1015 hours, the excavator pulled a bucket of refuse out of the hole and a right leg with foot was seen dangling from the bucket by Investigator Henry Stoffel. All operations were immediately halted. The leg was attached to something else covered in a nylon type of material. No further digging was done and a forensic team consisting of Mesa County Sheriff's Officers, FBI and CBI agents were called in to complete the search. Dr. Robert Kurtzman, Mesa County Coroner responded to the scene and confirmed that the right leg was that of an adult female. The search is ongoing at the time of this writing of the affidavit.
50. On 06/05/02, a decomposing Caucasian female body, minus the left leg, was collected at inc scene. The upper torso was wrapped inside what was later identified as a black and red tent. This body was taken to the Mesa County Coroner's Office. Later the left leg was found in the hole in approximately the same area where the first bucket with the body was found. Also found in the same area were what would be described as multiple plastic gauge punch outs consistent to what is produced at Ametec-Dixson. Approximately two backhoe buckets after the left leg was pulled out, the above described plastic punch outs were discovered. These items were removed from the same area as the body and the leg.
51. On 06/05/02 Investigator Norcross and Investigator Hebenstreit attended a post-mortem examination of the decomposed body found at the Mesa County Landfill. The post-mortem was done by Doctor Dean Havlik at Community Hospital morgue with Doctor Robert Kurtzman assisting. Also in attendance were CBI Agent Kevin Humphreys and FBI Agent Arnold Bellmer.
52. Investigator Hebenstreit took with him a dental x-ray of Jennifer Blagg, which he obtained from the evidence section at the Mesa County Sheriff's Office. The x-ray was inside a red folder that was seized during a search warrant at the former Blagg residence, 2253 Pine Terrace Court. A label attached to the x-ray indicated it was taken in 1990 prior to Jennifer's marriage to Michael Blagg and is under her maiden name, Jennifer Loman. The dental x-ray of Jennifer Blagg, AKA Jennifer Loman, was given to John Bull, D.D.S., and he compared it to head x-rays of the body taken during the post-mortem exam. At about 12:00 noon, Dr. Bull positively identified the body as that of Jennifer Blagg, based on the dental x-rays. A retainer was found inside the mouth of Jennifer Blagg and identified as a lower retainer by Doctor Bull.
53. During the post-mortem examination, Dr. Havlik, a Forensic Pathologist, removed a bullet and bullet fragments from the brain. Dr. Havlik stated the entry wound was to the left eye. CBI Special Agent in Charge, Kevin Humphrey's did a brief examination of the bullet and indicated it was, in all likelihood, fired from a handgun. He said the caliber of the bullet was probably a 9-millimeter or similar size. At about 12:20 p.m. on 06/05/02, Dr. Havlik ruled that the cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head and the manner of death was homicide.
BASED ON THE FOREGOING, there is probable cause to believe that on or about November 12 and November 13, 2001, in the County of Mesa and State of Colorado, Michael Francis Blagg, DOB: 02/18/63, committed one count of the crime of Murder in the first degree, in violation of CR5 18-3-102, a class I felony. It is therefore respectfully requested that a warrant be issued for the arrest of said defendant.
The foregoing was subscribed and sworn to before me on this 5th day of