Double homicide in Douglas County home

Victims died of ‘sharp force trauma’

Douglas County Sheriff’s Office public information officer Ron Hanavan, right, updates television journalists Feb. 23 about a double homicide investigation. Photo by Courtney Kuhlen
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The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is treating the discovery of two bodies in a rural home outside of Castle Rock as a multiple homicide.

Robert D. Rafferty, 49, and Amara Wells, 39, were found dead in the Rafferty home in the early morning hours of Feb. 23 when deputies responded to a 911 call for a welfare check. The two were related by marriage, said Ron Hanavan, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office public information officer.

The autopsy performed the day after the discovery indicates Rafferty and Wells died of sharp force trauma, according to a press release from Douglas County Coroner Lora Thomas.

Officers responded to the Rafferty home on the 2400 block of Marlin Way shortly after 3 a.m. when a neighbor called for a check on the home. Responding deputies discovered one body inside and launched an investigation.

Sheriff’s investigators secured the home while they waited for a search warrant, which arrived around 8 a.m. Upon entering the home, investigators found the second body.

The home is a sprawling custom home in the Keene Ranch subdivision southwest of Castle Rock, where Rafferty is listed as the president of the homeowner’s association. Homes in the area are on acreage sites and range in price from about $700,000 to more than $1 million.

Public records show Wells was in the process of a divorce from her husband, Christopher Wells. At the time the bodies were discovered, Christopher Wells was in custody at the El Paso County jail for violation of a restraining order. He is presently in custody at the Douglas County jail on $1 million bond.

Investigators have not named him as a suspect in the murders of his wife and brother-in-law. Further details are being withheld as the investigation continues.

“At this time we are actively investigating and following every lead,” Hanavan said. “We’re always going to err on the side of caution and not underestimate anything.”

The sheriff’s office does not have a suspect in the case and asks anyone with information to contact the investigative division at 303-660-7505.