Denver’s police chief has launched an internal investigation looking at police response to a domestic violence call after a woman was found dead nearly five hours later Sunday morning.
Loretta Rose Parea, 44, was found dead in her home in the 1500 block of S. Caralan Court around 8 a.m. Sunday.
Officers arrested her husband, Christopher Alex Perea, 41, and are holding him on a charge of first-degree murder, said police spokesman Sonny Jackson.
According to recordings of police radio, Denver police were called to Loretta Parea’s home five hours before she was found dead. It’s not yet clear how she died.
Police Chief Robert White has ordered an internal investigation to find out what actions the responding officers took and if they missed anything.
"Exactly what actions they took to locate a potential victim is still to be determined as a result of the investigation I have ordered," White said. "I will tell you I have some concerns as well as it relates to how long it took for the run to be dispatched and once the officers got there, their actions as it relates to their efforts to contact potential witnesses or victims."
A neighbor who did not want her name published told FOX31 Denver Loretta Parea came to her home at 2 a.m. and was banging on her door.
"She came pounding on my door. She was pounding like she was scared, like my windows were shaking. I knew something was wrong," the neighbor said.
When the neighbor went to the door, she said she saw Christopher Parea "dragging her off the porch."
The neighbor said they called police twice at 2:40 and 3:10 a.m. When officers did arrive, the neighbor said she saw an officer "looking in the window" of Loretta Parea’s home "then walked away."
"It is very frustrating," the neighbor said. "She did not deserve this. She did not deserve this at all."
Loretta's sister, Phyllis Rosa, said she has visited her sister that weekend to help put up a Christmas tree and paint the kitchen.
"We still don’t know what happened," Rosa said.
Family members say Loretta Parea has three grown children and two adopted kids.
Loretta Parea “was a pure angel,” said her aunt Yvonne Fire. “Anyone who knew her knew she showed love, gave her love and kindness from her heart to give to anybody. She had her angel wings here on earth, now she’s in heaven.”