The death of a 27-year-old Delta man Monday evening is being described as "suspicious" by the Delta Police Department, but family members are more forthcoming. They say Chad Koch was run down by an individual or individuals driving a black Suburban, then beat to death.
Skylar Ransier is Chad's cousin. She said she received a call from her uncle, saying something "bad" had happened to Chad. She immediately turned on the police scanner app on her smart phone. Between monitoring police activity and talking with family members, she believes she's pieced together most of the story.
Chad, she says, called the police for help Monday evening, saying someone was after him and intended to kill him. He was on his bike riding toward the safety of a relative's house when he was struck down near the stoplight at H-38 Road and Highway 50.
At the scene Tuesday morning, she pointed out tire marks on the concrete which she believes identify the point of impact. After being hit by the Suburban, she says, Koch apparently dragged himself through the dirt in an unsuccessful attempt to escape his attacker. "You can see the marks on the ground," she said.
She was told the black Suburban was found abandoned five miles north of Delta, she added.
DPD Chief Robert Thomas discounted that story, as well as rumors that shots were fired. He said an autopsy was being conducted Tuesday afternoon which would provide some answers. Investigators are still gathering evidence and interviewing witnesses, he added.
According to the initial press release from the Delta Police Department, officers were called to the scene at 8:12 p.m. Monday.
Upon arrival officers found an adult male laying on the ground on private property. The adult male was deceased; the cause of death is unknown at this time. They declined to name the decedent pending notification of family.
There is no risk to the community, the press release emphasized.
Multiple agencies assisted in the initial investigation at the scene including the Delta County Ambulance District, Delta Fire Department, Delta County Coroner's Office, Delta County Sheriff's Office, and the Colorado Department of Transportation.
"We just want justice for Chad and for the children he left behind," said Rhonda Stevens, another cousin of Chad's.
When asked about rumors that drugs were involved in the incident, Stevens asked, "If it was drug related, why would he call the cops for help?"
Anyone with information concerning this incident is encouraged to contact the Delta Police Department at 874-7676.blog comments powered by Disqus