Idle GPS cited in mail carrier’s arrest for murder during her workday

A postal carrier’s tracker that sat in one place during her workday helped lead to her arrest in the daylight killing of a co-worker on his route, police say.

Jason Schaefer, 33, was gunned down around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday while he was delivering mail in Longmont, Colorado.

Surveillance video from a home in the neighborhood showed a person in a black hooded sweatshirt and blue mask running from the scene.

According to an arrest affidavit, a supervisor’s suspicion immediately fell on a 26-year-old woman who had been fired two weeks ago because of an unspecified “incident” between her and Schaefer.

She had then been hired as a carrier in Loveland, 15 miles away.

Court records indicate the two were involved in a child custody case. Schaefer reportedly filed documents Monday pertaining to parenting time, and they were to have been delivered to his former girlfriend.

On Wednesday, the affidavit said, the woman scanned out at 10:15 a.m. to deliver mail and returned before 4:30 p.m. At an unspecified point in that workday, the GPS device on the scanner remained in one place for what a U.S. Postal Service investigator characterized as an unusually long period of time, police said.

The woman was contacted around 5:30 p.m. at her home in Fort Collins and agreed to drive to Longmont and meet investigators. She showed up in a black Nissan Rogue missing a front hubcap — the same as a vehicle that a neighbor saw shortly after noon on an access road near the site of the shooting. She was wearing a black hoodie and a blue mask, the police report says.

She was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder and is scheduled to appear in Boulder District Court on Tuesday, according to court records.

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