The search for a missing person yesterday led to the discovery of a body at Century Street Self Storage in Colorado Springs, Colo. The male gunshot victim, who has been identified as 57-year-old Marcus Paul Anderson, is believed to have been living in the storage unit where he was found, according to a source. It's not yet known if Anderson was the tenant of record.
The El Paso County Sheriff's Office issued a public call on Tuesday for help in finding Anderson, who was reported missing on May 29. At 5:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, local police joined the Sheriff’s department at the storage facility at 3020 N. El Paso St. to look for Anderson.
When found, Anderson’s body had suffered obvious trauma and had been in the unit for a while, Sgt. Joel Kern of the Colorado Springs Police Department told a source. Police have ruled Anderson’s death as a homicide, but haven’t released any information about a possible suspect.
This is the second body Colorado Springs police have found in a storage unit in recent months, but investigators say the two cases aren’t related. The body of Julie Tureson was found inside a minivan parked at a Public Storage facility at 4403 E. Platte Ave. in Colorado Springs on April 22. Her ex-boyfriend, James Woo, was arrested the same day at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport while trying to board a flight to Hong Kong, according to a source. He faces first-degree murder charges.
Local residents claim the increasing homeless population in the largely industrial area has brought more crime in recent weeks. "I've had a couple of conversations with some of my suitemates here, who have actually been into the units," said Sandra Merritt. "They've seen the garbage thrown all over the floor and heard people having spastic attacks and that kind of thing."
Century Street Self Storage is east of the intersection of N. Nevada Avenue and E. Fillmore Street.