June 29, 2018 — On February 9, 2018, Officers with the Olathe Police Department responded to 1002 S. Wortman Avenue in Olathe, Colorado, in response to a call for medical assistance because a man was unresponsive and not breathing. This individual, later determined to be Stephen Felix, was transported to Montrose Memorial Hospital and then flown to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction where he later died.
An investigation was begun by the Olathe Police Department into the circumstances surrounding the death of Mr. Felix. Olathe Police Chief George Jackson promptly requested the assistance of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI), a State agency that frequently provides substantial help to law enforcement agencies in the Seventh Judicial District and throughout Colorado.
CBI and the Olathe Police Department conducted an extensive and thorough investigation of this matter. On February 12, 2018, at the direction of Montrose County Coroner Dr. Thomas Canfield, an autopsy was performed by Dr. Michael Benziger. A CBI agent was present for this post mortem examination. The cause of death was determined to be an injury to the head with resulting internal bleeding. The manner of death was listed as homicide. The report further noted that “the exact nature of the initial event” that caused the injury “is not at this time clear.”
On June 12, 2018, CBI agents presented a briefing to District Attorney Dan Hotsenpiller and Investigators with the DA’s Office regarding the findings of their investigation. The case file from Olathe Police Department and CBI was then submitted to the DA’s Office and has been reviewed by the District Attorney.
No criminal charges will be filed as a result of the death of Mr. Stephen Felix at this time. Due to the circumstances surrounding the events of February 9, 2018, at 1002 S. Wortman Avenue, Olathe, Colorado, and the degree of intoxication of the only potential witnesses to the events, it is not possible to determine with any clarity or reliability how Mr. Felix sustained his fatal injury. The physical and forensic evidence does not rule out or preclude an accidental cause for the injuries sustained. Therefore, the District Attorney does not have sufficient evidence to support the filing of criminal charges against any person in connection with the death of Stephen Edward Felix in February 2018.
In consultation with the investigating agents, the District Attorney is convinced that all investigative avenues have been pursued and all leads exhausted. If new evidence is developed, this investigation can be re-opened.
It is always the goal of Law Enforcement and the District Attorney’s Office to learn the truth and reconstruct the events that led to injury or harm to others. Extensive efforts are employed to reach this goal, especially in cases involving a suspicious death. Despite such efforts, it is not always possible to develop clear, reliable evidence sufficient to support the filing of criminal charges. Such is the situation presented in this case.
The District Attorney greatly appreciates the work of CBI, the Olathe Police Department, the medical first responders, the Coroner’s Office and Dr. Benziger. The District Attorney further expresses condolences to those affected by the loss of Mr. Stephen Felix.