Paul Carroll Skiba
Missing since February 7, 1999 from Grandy, Grand County, Colorado
Classification: Lost, Injured, Missing
Circumstances of Disappearance
Paul, Sarah Skiba and his employee, Lorenzo Chivers were last seen on February 7, 1999, when Paul Skiba and Lorenzo Chivers went to a moving job in Morrison, CO, and Paul's daughter, Sarah, went along.
When they weren't heard from for a week, Paul's family and friends went to the moving company lot in Westminster and found the moving truck parked with bullet holes, blood and a bloody piece of scalp. They also noticed that Skiba's only functioning truck was not parked quite the way he would have done it himself.
Police found blood all over the back of the big truck and in the cab.
A DNA test revealed that blood found in a moving van belonged to Paul and Sarah Skiba, the scalp to Paul. Chivers, who has also not been seen since, was the father of a son and daughter.
Investigators learned that the truck had left the lot at about 21.00 and was returned about midnight. Authorities believe that the three were ambushed and killed when they returned the truck to the lot. Police think their bodies were put in the back of Skiba's moving truck, driven to another location and dumped.
It was then driven back to the lot and parked.
Thornton police investigated the homicides and said previously that they believe Paul Skiba was the intended target, but the motive was unclear. The truck's loading ramp, moving blankets and straps were also missing.
No trace of the three has ever been found.
Chivers' and Skiba's personal cars, which they had left at the lot during their Sunday moving jobs, were parked at separate apartment complexes across Denver. Investigators were never able to make a direct link between the victims and those buildings.
Paul Skiba attended Wayzetta High School in Minnesota where he was born and raised. Paul was 19 when he came to Colorado with his girl friend. He worked at installing sprinklers for a while; later he went to work for a moving company. After several years the owner retired and Paul took over the moving business.
The business was called Tuff Movers. The firm was frequently called upon to move antiques as well as items for some of Denver's luminaries and sports figures. Paul is described as a hard worker, very intelligent and a good guy. He was very personable, outgoing and conscientious.
Paul married in 1989 and had a daughter, Sarah. Later, the couple divorced, and Paul was given weekly visitation rights. Sarah Skiba visited her father every other weekend.
Paul and Sarah Skiba were initially reported as missing persons to Thornton Police, and Lorenzo Chivers was reported missing to Lakewood Police. Police initially thought it was a parental abduction, even though Chivers was also missing. In December 2006, almost eight years after Paul and Sarah disappeared, their death certificates were issued.
Foul play is suspected.
Investigators Westminster Police Department
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Sgt. Tim Clark
Westminster Police Department
Agency Case Number: 99-1546/NamUs MP#12073
NCMEC #: NCMC860296
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