Death rattles Monument



Monument Police Department and the Lewis-Palmer School District 38 will hold a community meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today at Creekside Middle School, on Creekside Drive, to discuss public safety and keeping children safe.


The meeting follows the gruesome discovery of a body of a 7-year-old girl in the crawl space of a rental house. Monument Police Department has asked and received help from the El Paso County Sheriff's Office and assigned a detective to assist. A cause of death has not been determined due to the condition of the body, officials said.

Susan Payne, executive director of Safe2Tell, a program that encourages youth to report violence, threats and suspicious activities, will speak about dating violence, risky behavior, bullying and other issues. Payne is with the Colorado Department of Public Safety.

The Fourth Judicial District Attorney's Office also will be representated and will discuss sex offenders. School district officials will provide an overview of the district's safety initiatives.

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