A mother who was found slain on Monday tried to file statutory rape charges against her daughter’s boyfriend before her death, a source said.
Investigators are seeking 14-year-old Tylar Marie Witt, the daughter of 47-year-old slaying victim Joanne Witt, as well as the girl’s 19-year-old boyfriend, Steven Paul Colver.
Arrest warrants for murder were issued Tuesday for the girl and her boyfriend in connection with the El Dorado Hills killing of the girl’s mother, authorities said.
The younger Witt and Colver are considered by police to be armed and dangerous. They both have changed their hair color to black to avoid police, said Sgt. Jim Byers of the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department.
“We do believe that the relationship between the daughter and the boyfriend may have led to this,” Byers said.
Colver also goes by the name “Boston,” officials said.
The pair are believed to be on the run in the Bay Area. Their vehicle was found in San Francisco, authorities said.
The mother was found dead Monday in a large home on Tattinger Court. Investigators spent much of the night going through the home to gather evidence. It’s unknown how the woman was killed, but investigators said it was a “violent death.”
Byers said investigators on Monday thought the younger Witt and Colver were simply missing.
“Through the night the detectives have worked on this, and through their investigation they developed the information and now we are confident that both the daughter and the boyfriend are suspects,” Byers added.
A blog on the Tylar Witt’s MySpace page shows she wrote entries that said “i’m just … i’m crying every day,” and “TALK DOWN TO ME LIKE IM AN IMBICLIE OR A 5 YEAR OLD WHO DOESN’T *EXPLETIVE* UNDERSTAND!!! I GET IT OK!!! I DO …”
Colver is a graduate of Oak Ridge High School. Brooke Mercer, a classmate of Colver’s from Oak Ridge High School, said he’s not the type of person who would commit murder.
Paul Matloff, Colver’s next-door neighbor, called the investigation “astonishing.”
“He’s never given any indication of being any kind of trouble at all, to anybody,” Matloff said.
According to Matloff, Colver was planning on becoming a math teacher.