Suspect in Marie Blee cold case arrested on suspicion of kidnapping a different Routt County teenager more than 30 years ago
Steamboat Springs — A man who has been a suspect in the disappearance 35 years ago of Hayden teenager Marie Blee was arrested last week on suspicion of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a different Routt County teenager near Hayden around the time of Blee’s disappearance.
A grand jury for the 14th Judicial District on May 29 indicted Monty Dean Doolin, 53, on a charge of first-degree kidnapping, a class 1 felony.
The indictment that was unsealed this week alleges that Doolin in the summer of 1978 or 1979 enticed the female teenager to ride with him in his vehicle from Elk Head Reservoir toward Hayden.
According to the indictment, Doolin then pulled his vehicle over in an isolated location somewhere between the reservoir and Hayden and stepped outside.
“Immediately upon his return to the vehicle, he forcibly engaged in sexual intercourse with (the victim) against her will, choking her, restraining her, and forcibly removing her pants in the process,” the indictment states. “As a result (the victim) suffered bodily injury.”
Doolin then let the victim leave and go home, according to the indictment.
The Steamboat Pilot & Today is not naming the alleged victim of the sexual assault.
She was around the same age as Doolin at the time of the alleged assault. Doolin turned 17 in the summer of 1978 and 18 in the summer of 1979.
Doolin was taken into custody last week in Alaska.
He is being held at the Wildwood Correction Complex in Kenai, Alaska, until he is returned to Routt County to face the charges.
According to the possible timeline of the crime included in the indictment, the kidnapping of the teenager occurred more than a year or just months before Blee disappeared.
Blee was last seen Nov. 21, 1979, when Doolin, then 18, took the 15-year-old girl to a dance in Craig. He was later seen with her at a party.
Doolin told authorities Blee got a ride home from an unknown person about 2 a.m. She has never been found.
A week after Blee’s disappearance, Doolin called her family and demanded $5,000 ransom for their daughter. He was arrested and given a suspended sentence for extortion.
Twenty years later, a task force formed to investigate the case visited Doolin in Grand Junction, and he continued to maintain he had no involvement in Blee’s disappearance.
District Attorney Brett Barkey said in a press release last week that Doolin’s recent arrest was not directly related to the ongoing investigation of Blee’s disappearance.
The arrest warrant for Doolin ordered he be held without bond.
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