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Police identify suspect in death of man found in car in Lone Tree

James Neal, 23, who is on parole, is wanted in connection with the death of Michael Lohmeier, 73, according to police.

LONE TREE, Colo. — A man is wanted on suspicion of murder after another man was found dead in his car in Lone Tree earlier this month.

James Neal, 23, is wanted in connection to the death of Michael Lohmeier, 73, of Centennial, according to Metro Denver Crime Stoppers.

About 12:25 p.m. on Nov. 4, Lohmeier was found dead in his car, a 2009 Toyota Highlander, parked in the 8500 block of South Yosemite Street. Police said it appears Lohmeier died of a gunshot wound, and his death is being investigated as a homicide.

Neal is wanted on suspicion of first-degree murder, motor vehicle theft and possession of a weapon by a previous offender, according to court documents. Crime Stoppers said he is currently at-large and was last seen in the Colorado Springs area. Neal is considered armed and dangerous.

According to court records, Neal pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree assault in El Paso County District Court in November 2020. He was sentenced to three years in the Department of Corrections but was given credit for the 162 days he had already spent in jail.

Neal was released onto parole on April 12 of this year and was set to be released from parole on April 12, 2025, according to a Department of Corrections spokesperson.

Credit: Metro Denver Crime Stoppers
James Neal

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Anyone who sees Neal is asked to call 911 immediately. Anyone with other information that may help police find him is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867 or visit metrodenvercrimestoppers.com. Tipsters can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000. 

Metro Denver Crime Stoppers works by assigning a code to people who anonymously submit a tip. Information is shared with law enforcement, and Crime Stoppers is notified at the conclusion of the investigation. 

From there, an awards committee reviews the information provided and, if the information leads to an arrest, the tipster will be notified. Rewards can be collected using the code numbers received when the tip was originally submitted. 

Credit: Lone Tree Police Department
Lone Tree homicide victim Michael Lohmeier

> More information about Metro Denver Crime Stoppers can be found here. 

> Additional Crime Stoppers bulletins can be found here. 

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