Officials name three suspects in 20-year-old disappearance case


CRAIG, Colo. (AP) Three men have been identified as suspects in the disappearance of a high school girl 20 years ago and a grand jury could be called to get more information from witnesses.

Moffat County Undersheriff Jerry Hoberg said investigators believe some people might provide more information about Marie Blee's disappearance if they were called before a grand jury.

Blee, a Hayden resident, vanished Nov. 21, 1979, after going to a party in nearby Craig. Rumors about her disappearance have swept small towns in northwestern Colorado for two decades.

Some think she overdosed on drugs and her suppliers dumped her body somewhere in the hills or canyons. If that were true, charges probably would not be filed, police said.

Hoberg said detectives have interviewed three men they believe know what happened to Blee.

They are Monte Doolin, a Hayden resident who took Blee to the party and who now lives in Grand Junction; Steve Skufca of Craig; and Max Abel Garcia, a former area resident who now lives in Portland, Ore.

Doolin's family and Skufca told the Denver Rocky Mountain News they had nothing to do with Blee's disappearance. They think they are the targets of rumors.

Garcia could not be reached for comment.

Hoberg said Thursday that the Blee task force, which includes FBI agents, Moffat and Routt county deputies and Hayden and Craig police officers, is waiting to hear whether District Attorney Paul McLimans will call a grand jury.

Investigators reopened the Blee case last year. They conducted dozens of interviews and, led by tips, dug up various sites in Moffat and Routt counties looking for Blee's remains.

Only animal bones were found in those sites, Hoberg said.

''We do have information on more sites and when the weather gets better, we will check them,'' he said.

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