Letter to the Editor: Cold Justice Case in Lamar


March 22, 2019

We are writing regarding the murder case of Curly and Darlene Culbreth, the elderly couple that was murdered in Lamar in August 1991. We are lifelong friends of Cindy Bernhardt, Curly and Darlene’s daughter.  I say friend, but Cindy is more like a sister.  We have watched her have to live with this tragedy every day for the last 27 years.  Isn’t that long enough?

First, we would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the local sheriff, Sam Zordell, for contacting the television show, Cold Justice. We know that this means a lot to Cindy and her loved ones.  We are all hoping that this will lead to new evidence and a ray of hope in what has been a long drawn out ordeal for Cindy.

We are asking the district attorney to please take this double homicide seriously and take the time to study this case. We are sure that there is something that he can do to help solve this and finally bring justice to the person who is responsible.  On the website for the office of the Fifteenth Judicial District Attorney, their mission is stated as saying, in part, that they will professionally and completely prosecute crimes on behalf of the people of the State of Colorado and in doing so, do justice, and advocate victim’s rights. We do not understand why Joshua Vogel is so hesitant to do anything with this case.  Even after the television show Cold Justice came in and with the hope of something new coming to light, Joshua is not willing to pursue this investigation.  He is the only one who has the capability of either doing what is right or ignoring this and hoping it will all go away.

We are hoping this letter brings attention to what is happening in this case. Cindy has a lot of support from many friends and family and we will do everything we can to get justice for Curly and Darlene!

Thank you for your time,
Mike and Alisa Schultz
Dove Creek, Colorado

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