PARK COUNTY, Colorado (CBS4) – CBS4 has learned that the FBI is taking a different approach to the unsolved murder of Maggie Long in Park County in 2017. In a statement to CBS4, the agency wrote: “The FBI is investigating Maggie Long’s murder as a hate crime matter. A hate crime is an offense against a person or property that is motivated in whole or in part by an individual’s prejudice against race, religion, disability, ethnicity / national origin, sexual orientation, gender, or gender identity. “
Maggie Long was Asian-American. No arrests or suspects were identified in the unsolved murder.
Long was 17 years old when she was found murdered in her family home in Bailey, Colorado.
Although the investigation was originally viewed as a “casual crime” involving some items stolen from the home, it now focuses on a potentially biased crime.
One of Maggie’s sisters, Connie Long, said, “So it’s a little surprising that this is a possibility, but at the same time it makes sense in some ways.”
Another sister, Lynna Long, said, “This is a nook that has not been explored in the past, and at this point it is not a stone that remains intact. If you look at the level of violence in this crime, it is certainly a point of view that should be examined more closely. “
She hoped the shift in focus would encourage people to rethink the interactions they were having with others at the time, and whenever someone was expressing prejudice against Asian Americans.
“I think that’s important to take into account. We haven’t really focused on that in the past. “
The sisters said they did not notice any apparent anti-Asian discrimination while living in Park County. After three and a half years since her sister’s death, Lynna hopes that potential Witnesses will now feel more secure speaking and sharing information and tips.
“Now is the time to share what you know,” she said. Of the perpetrators, she said: “These are not the kind of people we want in our society, and it is a matter of time before they hurt or kill someone else. Given that it is a racial issue, it is all the more critical that this crime be solved. “
While the FBI refused to explain its reasoning for the case as a potential hate crime, the agency reiterated its interest in hearing from anyone who might know about what happened.
“Helpful information can include descriptions of people or vehicles seen in / around the property area, people with proven knowledge of what happened at the Long Residence on the day of Maggie’s murder, etc.”
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The reward in this case is US $ 75,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.