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2/21/19 20 Year Anniversary of Skiba and Shivers Murders

Date – February 21, 2019

Twenty years is a long time for anything.  It is an especially long time for Sarah Skiba’s mom and Paul Skiba and Lorenzo Chivers families.

Twenty years ago on February 7, 1999, Sarah, Paul and Lorenzo were reported missing and eventually believed to have been murdered.

Here is some of what detectives know: An innocent 9-year old girl, Sarah Skiba, was caught in the middle of a triple murder.  Around 8:30am Sarah had gone along with her dad and his partner, Lorenzo Chivers, as they worked moving people.  Paul owned Tuff Moving, located in Westminster, Colorado.  Around 10:30am the three arrive at a moving job in Thornton Colorado, from there they would have lunch in Lakewood around 12:50pm.  The day continued and all three left a second moving job in Morrison Colorado.  Sarah would make one final phone call at 6:22pm. When they returned to the yard, their lives and the lives of their families would be changed forever.  All three were murdered, either at the truck yard or a second location, and detectives believe their bodies were removed from the yard in the moving truck to an unknown location.  To date their bodies have never been found.

Let us refresh your memory: Paul Skiba owned a fairly successful moving business, Tuff Movers.  At the time he had five business associates; Lorenzo Chivers, Alex Santovena, Jerry Bybee, Jesus “Manuel” Santovena and Jake Bustillos.

After a move to the Golden area on Sunday February 7th, Paul, Lorenzo and Sarah returned back to the yard in the 7100 block of Raleigh Street in Westminster around 6:15pm.

Sarah was supposed to return to her mother’s house that evening, but never made it. Sadly February 7th, 1999 was the last day anyone would see Sarah, Paul and Lorenzo alive.

Twenty years later this case looms over the Westminster Police Department and the friends and families of Paul, Lorenzo and Sarah.  Police hope someone will be able to provide the critical piece of information that helps us provide some closure to their families.

Detectives have worked every tip that has come in over the last twenty years. Specifically, in the last 5 years, a team of detectives was assigned to “start from scratch.” These detectives were able to identify and interview two additional witnesses, who provided information. In addition, they resubmitted DNA evidence due to advances in DNA technology- to date these efforts have not provided the key piece of evidence to solve these horrendous murders.

We are asking for anyone who knows anything about this horrific crime to call Westminster Police 303 658 4360 or you can remain anonymous by contacting Crime Stoppers 720 913 STOP (7867). You may be eligible for a reward up to $4,000.00.

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