- The Washington Times - Monday, January 27, 2003

FORT COLLINS, Colo., Jan. 27 (UPI) — An autopsy was expected to confirm Monday that a body found in a remote canyon was that of missing University of Northern Colorado student Lacy Miller.

The body was found Sunday in Poudre Canyon about 25 miles northwest of Fort Collins. Police said that "investigative leads" led them to the remains near a county road in the foothills of the Rockies.

Police have arrested Jason Peder Clausen, 22, of Fort Collins on suspicion of kidnapping and murder in the disappearance. A gag order have prevented police from releasing details of the arrest.

Miller's mother told The Denver Post she found some relief in the discovery of the body.

"I'll feel relief that I don't need to wonder any more where she is. I can move forward. I will have closure," Wendy Cohen said in anticipation that police have probably found her daughter's body.

Lacy Miller, who was studying to be a teacher, lived with her family in Fort Collins but was working for her degree at UNC in Greeley.

Miller vanished Jan. 18 after attending a party near the Colorado State University campus in Fort Collins. She drove home alone after dropping off a girlfriend and her family found her car abandoned later in front of a neighbor's house.

Clausen, the suspect, is a former security guard and police explorer scout. Police have been investigating the theory that he posed as a police officer to stop Miller's car and abduct her, according to the Post.

Clausen had law-enforcement training and he owned four guns, handcuffs and a red-and-blue flashing police light that was installed on the dashboard of his truck, according to records.

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