01-20-2008, 08:26 PM #1Former Member
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Sarah Arielle Skiba (9) - Granby CO, 1999
Missing Since: February 7, 1999 from Westminster, Colorado
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: July 27, 1989
Age: 9 years old
Height and Weight: 4'5, 80 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Blonde hair, hazel eyes. Sarah has a red mark across the bridge of her nose. She may wear her hair in a ponytail. Her last name is pronounced "Skee-ba."
Details of Disappearance
Sarah was visiting her father, Paul Skiba, during the weekend of February 7, 1999 at his home in Thornton, Colorado. Paul and Sarah's mother, Michelle Russell, are divorced and it was Paul's scheduled visitation with his daughter at the time. Sarah resided in Granby, Colorado with her mother in 1999. Paul owned Tuff Movers, a moving company based in Westminster, Colorado. He and Sarah were last seen at approximately 6:00 p.m. on February 7, 1999 in Littleton, Colorado. Sarah accompanied Paul and his employee, Lorenzo Chivers, to the city for a moving job at the time. None of them have been heard from again.
Russell reported her daughter as a missing child to authorities when she failed to return home from her father's visitation. Investigators initially believed that Paul had abducted Sarah with Chivers's possible assistance. A warrant was issued for Paul's arrest and authorities thought the disappearances were related to a possible custody battle.
The investigation changed direction when Tuff Movers' vehicle, a white 1978 Chevrolet moving truck with red crescents painted on both sides, was located shortly after Russell contacted authorities. A photo of the truck is posted below this case summary. Investigators discovered the vehicle had been abandoned in the Westminster parking lot used by Paul's company. The truck was riddled with bullet holes and was smeared with blood and a piece of human scalp with hair attached was inside; shell casings and blood were found in the lot as well. There was no sign of Sarah, Paul or Chivers at the scene. Chivers's car was found parked in the lot, but Paul's vehicle was located in Denver, Colorado. DNA tests performed on the blood in April 1999 found on the truck's door was proven to be Paul's type. Authorities changed the classification of the missing persons' cases at that time to Endangered Missing and announced that foul play was suspected in the disappearances.
The truck's 3 by 10-foot metal ramp was not located with the vehicle. Authorities believe that the ramp may contain evidence related to the cases. Investigators were continuing to search for the ramp in February 2002.
Investigators dredged several lakes around the Denver, Colorado area in an effort to locate Sarah, Paul and Chivers's remains. No evidence was produced during the searches. It was believed that authorities were preparing to make an arrest in connection with the cases in August 1999, but the report proved to be false. No one has been charged with any involvement in any of the disappearances, but in 2005 authorities renewed the investigation into their presumed murders.
Sarah is described as a friendly, outgoing, caring, and talkative girl. She enjoys dancing, singing, animals, babies, and movies. She is a good swimmer. Some agencies report that Sarah, Paul and Chivers disappeared from Granby, Colorado.
Investigating AgencyCharley Project
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Westminster Police Department
303-430-2400 ext 4225
04-07-2010, 08:51 PM #2Former Member
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