Castle Rock, CO

Person of interest sought in Castle Rock house fire, death investigation

Heather Willard
Pictured is person of interest Matthew Buchanan and the suspect vehicle.Photos provided by the Castle Rock Police Department.

Heather Willard / NewsBreak Denver

(Castle Rock, Colo.) Police are seeking a person of interest in connection to a house fire and what the department is calling a “suspicious” death in Terrain on Tuesday.

Castle Rock Police are seeking Matthew Buchanan, 32. He was last seen driving a white Dodge minivan with a Colorado temporary license plate of 3964372. Anyone who sees him or the vehicle is asked to call the Castle Rock Police Department at 303-663-6100.

First responders were notified of a house fire near the intersection of Dove Valley Place and Paint Pony Circle just after 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26. The fire was contained by 2:48 p.m., and the fire investigation is ongoing.

One person was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Another person was found dead in the home and was later identified by the Douglas County Coroner’s Office Elizabeth Bjorlow, 59, of Castle Rock.

The Castle Rock Police Department is co-investigating the death with the Douglas County Coroner’s Office. An autopsy has been completed, and results and the Coroner’s ruling as to the cause and manner of death will be available when the investigation is completed.

“We know Castle Rock is a tight-knit community,” Castle Rock Police Chief Jack Cauley said. “Any time there is a loss of life, it impacts us all. We have a number of resources and agencies working on this investigation. We ask the public to please call us if they have any additional information that can help.”

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