Life goes on

Kevin Elmarr and Carol Murphy were second cousins and both were still teens when she allegedly became pregnant by Elarr at a family picnic. The two ran away together and were married shortly after their daughter was born in 1977. A son followed in 1979.

As a couple, they had problems. She allegedly had an affair with his brother-in-law. Eventually Elmarr filed for divorce but they remained living together for a period of time for financial reasons.

Both remarried. He married his current wife, she married her second husband then separated from him after he allegedly began an affair with a married woman. Allegedly she had an affair with that woman’s husband.

Then a dispute developed over custody of the Elmarr’s children. Reportedly Social Services had legal custody of the children, and the two shared physical custody.

May 22, 1987 Carol Murphy allegedly told her coworkers she was going to the mountains with her ex-husband to have sex. That was the last time they saw her. Witnesses have reported seeing a couple on a Gold Wing motorcycle, and Elmarr had the same type of motorcycle. Hikers later found her body partially covered by aspen leaves in that same area. In 1989 law enforcement publicly named Elmarr as a suspect in his his wife’s death and a warrant was drawn up for his arrest. However, the warrant was never signed- some say due to a lack of physical evidence against him.

That is where it stood as life went on. Their children grew up and allegedly they never knew of the suspicion of their father. Carol Murphy’s mother died without knowning what happened to her daughter. Family says she always suspected Elmarr.

Elmarr and his new wife were known in their neighborhood as very nice helpful people. They fit in well in the neighborhood. Neighbors were aware of the old suspicion- but there had been no arrest.  Elmarr became a longtime volunteer for the area emergency association.

But family never forgot, and neither did the media or law enforcement. At the time of Carol Murphy’s death, biological evidence was found on an intimate area of her body. But the sample was too small for testing by the methods available at the time. But time and scientific advancements have refined the DNA testing. In 2006, the sample was tested again. Investigators say that sample matched Elmarr’s DNA.

Kevin Elmarr was arrested Jan. 29 on charges of suspicion of 1 st degree murder. According to reports, Elmarr does have a criminal history dating back to 1975 on charges of burglary, larceny, and fraud.

There is no statute of limitations on murder. You never really “get away” with the crime. With advances in forensics evidence testing there is always the possibility that at some later point an arrest will be made. And with the increase of “cold case squads” more and more of those old crimes are being solved.

Elmarr went on with his life, a chance that Carol Murphy never got. He was apparently well liked and helpful, both in his immediate community and the extended community where he provided valuable assistance to the community and to law enforcement. But the suspicion never goes away, and as time goes by- there is always a chance that past transgressions will catch up.

The road has not ended. He has been arrested, but not yet tried. Almost 20 years have gone by. There will be a battle to locate the old witnesses, tests of their memories and tests of the evidence stored for so many years. But the road that began almost twenty years ago is nearing the final destination. A showdown you might say, to settle the old suspicion that so many have lived with for so long- did he do it or not?



  1. Johnny said,

    February 24, 2007 at 1:58 am

    I just read your article on Kevin Elmarr and was just wondering where you got all your information on the case?

  2. February 24, 2007 at 2:13 am

    The sources I used are listed in the post.

  3. Johnny said,

    February 25, 2007 at 1:38 am

    Just wanted to let you know that they were third cousins and not second and the kids did know. Maybe not right away but the did find out. I know the papers stat that they were second cousins but they were wrong.

  4. February 25, 2007 at 2:47 am

    Ok, Johnny thanks for the correction.

  5. Ken said,

    August 13, 2007 at 8:55 pm

    I just found this blog and would like to know if you are following up on this case. Kevin was supposed to have appeared in court in July and I was wondering how things turned out. I could find no record of any news concerning this case in the Longmont, Boulder, or Devner, CO papers websites.

  6. August 13, 2007 at 10:35 pm

    I’m sorry but I haven’t been following this case. A murder case can take a year or more to go to trial, and I would guess this one will be complicated so it may be longer. I did some checking and the only access to court actions I can find is a pay site. The link is if you are interested.

  7. Pixie said,

    September 21, 2007 at 11:15 pm

    Just so you know more of the facts, there is a third DND in which has not been identified. But because he is the ex-husband, guess that makes him automatically guilty. The Constitution of the United States says that a person is innocent until proven guilty. He was injured falling off the roof of a house in January and was seriously injured. And according to the sheriff department, they had been watching their house for a few days before his arrest and was unaware of him being injured. Guess they could not see the crutch, walking boot, cast on the wrist or sling on the arm. It’s pretty sad when a parson has to ask and ask for his ice packs and pain meds.

  8. September 22, 2007 at 3:26 am

    What is a DND?

  9. Carol Sherlock-Lafountain said,

    January 27, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    I have known Carol Murphy for many years and was so happy to hear Kevin finally got what was coming to him. Everyone that knew Carol, knew it was Kevin who did this to Carol. Carol and I had talked that weekend before she was murdered and I was alarmed when she said she was going out with Kevin. If she would have listened she would still be alive today. I hope Kevin is happy in jail now where he can’t see his kids!

  10. melissa said,

    March 2, 2009 at 5:34 am

    When can we expect to see this updated and what new information if any is available?

  11. Darlena Almond said,

    June 21, 2009 at 3:25 am

    The trial starts July 20, 2009. There is more about the whole story than anyone will ever know. Comments made have been inaccurate and details left out on both sides. If found gulity, no one will truly know what happened & it won’t bring Carol back.

  12. karaokeelover said,

    June 25, 2009 at 12:32 am

    In the third paragraph of the article it states that Carol remarried. What was her second husbands name and what was the name of the guy she allegedly slept with?

  13. LongmontGirl said,

    August 5, 2009 at 8:40 am

    Kevin Elmarr was convicted of first degree murder.

    I grew up around Kevin, involved with the emergency association mentioned in the article. I’m really not surprised. There are also theories that his current wife was involved in Carol’s murder.

  14. Amanda said,

    August 7, 2009 at 7:22 am

    I grew up with kevin elmarr. If you truly knew him if you spent time with him. You would know what kind of man he is. And you would know that he is not the kind of man who could have done anything like that. HE helped raise me. He was my best friend my grandpa. They have the wrong man.

  15. Gina said,

    November 5, 2009 at 1:11 am

    I know the family and I believe they have the right person. To set the article above straight, however, the kids did know about the suspicion. The police knew of the injury also because he was in the ICU for a few days before going home.

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    November 13, 2009 at 1:48 am

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  17. kevinjr said,

    September 3, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    All of you are wrong his current wife had something to do with Carol’s death. He is the right person. I hope he toys in hello.

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