• Paul Aiken

    A Boulder Police Officer investigates the scene when two people were found dead in Boulder on Wednesday afternoon. Photo by Paul Aiken / The Camera / April 1, 2009

  • Kasia Broussalian

    Police enter a home where a man and woman were found dead Wednesday afternoon in the north Boulder. Photo by Kasia Broussalian / The Camera

  • Kasia Broussalian

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BOULDER, Colo. –

A man and woman were found dead Wednesday afternoon in the north Boulder home of a recently divorced cab driver and his two young children, according to police and neighbors.

Police, who investigated late into the night, would not release the identities of the deceased and gave few details of the scene. But spokeswoman Sarah Huntley said both children were safe, and the incident appeared to be contained inside the green, ranch home at 3100 23rd St.

She said police are not pursuing any suspects.

“While we understand residents are alarmed and concerned, it appears this was probably a tragedy,” Huntley said. “We want to assure residents that we are working to keep the community safe.”

According to Boulder County property records, Robert Oakley, 39, and Katelin Oakley, 30, own the home, where the bodies were found at about 3 p.m.

Huntley said police don’t know if the owners are the two people found dead, and she said they don’t yet know the victims’ relationship. They do know how they died, and that trauma was apparent when police entered the home, Huntley said, but she wouldn’t elaborate.

According to neighbors, the Oakleys have two children. Huntley said the children were not at home at the time of the deaths and were taken to a safe place.

When reached at her home in Atlanta, a woman related to Robert Oakley said the family hadn’t heard from authorities and declined to comment further.

A representative from the Denver law firm where Katelin Oakley previously worked said she resigned March 20.

According to state records, the Oakleys divorced March 28, 2008. Neither have a criminal history in Colorado.

Since the divorce, Robert Oakley lived alone at the north Boulder home with his children, said Donna Jordan, who lives down the street. She said she hasn’t seen Katelin Oakley at the home since she moved out last year, and the couple’s divorce seemed contentious.

“I don’t think it went very smoothly,” she said.

Robert Oakley was a taxi driver for Yellow Cab, Jordan said, adding that he was “trying to make ends meet.” Representatives from the cab company didn’t return calls Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Jordan said, she saw Oakley and his children playing outside and watching a man put up a fence.

“They were just hanging out,” she said.

Jordan called Oakley a “wonderful” father.

“He was very attentive to the kids,” she said. “I know that he loved his children terribly. I’m just really in shock.”

Archived comments

Time to call the State Police in.

yragnam@yahoo.com

4/1/2009 3:55:20 PM

I was unaware that it was part of a meter maids job description to investigate homicides.

jiggs1000@msn.com

4/1/2009 4:19:19 PM

Who is noting the increased shootings and crime in Boulder and surrounds?

They are rioting at the G20 Summit, as usual,to make the leaders aware of the economic plight of the common man.

Increased crime, in addition to poverty, is related to guns and drugs AND CROWDING.

BOULDER CITY COUNCIL, as you and the DEVELOPERS TURN BOULDER INTO A GHETTO – why don’t you evaluate the relationship between crime and crowding?

Boulder may have more murders than D.C or Phila. this year.

onoma

4/1/2009 4:40:07 PM

Pray tell, who is the meter maid.?Get your facts.

notronaj

4/1/2009 5:03:40 PM

These things always happen in Boulder…

brinkleys_bud

4/1/2009 5:05:15 PM

“Originally published 02:34 p.m.”

“The first call about the deaths came in at 3:05 p.m”

Did the DC discover the crime and report it to the police???

InsipidPhenom

4/1/2009 5:09:35 PM

maybe the DC was involved…

he_b_gb@yahoo.com

4/1/2009 5:35:33 PM

Sad. Tragic for the children.

Flang

4/1/2009 5:39:25 PM

Onoma – you are right. The more people that the developers and their friends on city council try to pack into Boulder the more you will see the crime rate go up, available water go down, air pollution go up, number of cars go up, up and up and quality of life go down, down, down.This city has been sold out!

DianeMad

4/1/2009 5:52:00 PM

I’m sure the BPD has their panties all in a tizzy at having to work in such bad weather.Poor guys, why can’t they just sip their coffee in peace at Peet’s all shift on these lousy days?

NukesInBoulder

4/1/2009 6:03:20 PM

“said Donna Jordan, who has lived on the street for nine years.”

Is this great editing and writing? If Donna’s been living on the street for nine years, what a tragedy for her, being homeless like that.

fgd135

4/1/2009 6:05:30 PM

Did anyone happen to notice how clean that dogs teeth are in the ad to the right? Amazing!

http://shopping.dailycamera.com/ROP/Ads.aspx?ptype=ROPP_DISPLAYPROMO&adid=7681060&advid=945308

xxx

4/1/2009 6:10:18 PM

fgd – hahaha. Good catch.

Diane – unfortunately this is happening NOW, not in the future, so you can speculate all you want. It will only get worse when people decide to not uphold any standards that the city should have in place. Remember, America is a free country where anyone should be able to live anywhere… and Boulder is still a part of that country.

Flang – It is tragic.

InsipidPhenom

4/1/2009 6:11:27 PM

This is so sad. I hope it isn’t the two children’s parents, though it seems the most likely scenario.

onomo and DianeMad, urban infill and high density development are both part of sustainable, environmentally sound city planning. Both facilitate efficient use of land, curb sprawl, encourage walking/cycling, and support transit use. The farther apart people live, the more energy is expended to meet their needs. I’m guessing urban infill and high density living is for sure part of Boulder’s city planning. If you like low density living, a more rural community might be a better fit for you.

catalpa

4/1/2009 6:27:40 PM

I’m sure the BPD has their panties all in a tizzy at having to work in such bad weather. Poor guys, why can’t they just sip their coffee in peace at Peet’s all shift on these lousy days?

Thoughts and prayers for the family. Very sad.

“Apparently not as much of a tizzy you seem to get your panties in whenever the police are in the news.”

And are you not the same dork that said the fire on Arapaho was due to drug use?You know the fire where the women was severely burned? Yea, you got it all figured out.

blueman

4/1/2009 7:36:16 PM

No Catalpa Developer, voting in new Government is the plan.Your long string of hocus pocus is called toxic assets and theft.

No hurry, as the economy has put things on hold.

Except murder.Enjoy.

onoma

4/1/2009 7:57:48 PM

Wondering if this is the same Drifter who killed Jon Benet?

Did the Killer leave a note on the scene?

thinice

4/1/2009 7:57:50 PM

Boulder…a ghetto?!

Now that’s really funny.

Please, humor everyone.Define “ghetto”

And what does that make places like Camden and Compton?

jimtown

4/1/2009 9:09:55 PM

STOP!!!If you don’t know the circumstance nor the family just do not say anything.This is a tragedy for those affected for the kids and the community.A lot of people are grieving right now.

libramom

4/1/2009 9:12:25 PM

libramom – it is a tragedy, but unless someone directly attacks the VICTIMS in this thread please stick to grieving WITH the others greiving.

No one has said anything ‘wrong’, yet…

Posted in all due respect for those involved, and those posting…

InsipidPhenom

4/1/2009 9:27:17 PM

BOULDER CITY COUNCIL, as you and the DEVELOPERS TURN BOULDER INTO A GHETTO – why don’t you evaluate the relationship between crime and crowding?

Boulder may have more murders than D.C or Phila. this year.

This has to be one of the most stunning comments written in a long time. And truly funny as it speaks volumes about just how ignorant people in this bubble can be…..

A ghetto? More murders than DC or Philly?

You truly need to get out a little more. Have you lived here all your life, or only lived in rich white bread areas? Yea, Boulder is one baaaad place to live.What a friklin joke.

blueman

4/1/2009 9:28:49 PM

I’m with libramom – all of you dragging your pet peeves into this tragedy are scum. Two people are dead – try to show a modicum of respect & class.

david@thielen.com

4/1/2009 9:29:26 PM

Onama – and please, look up, the sky is falling!!! Here’s a few numbers for you on murder rates.You need to get out of the bubble, dude…

Philly – 27 per 100K in 2007 (over 400 total in 2006)

DC- 31 per 100K in 2007

Boulder – 1 per 102K in 2007 (0 in 04 and 05, 1 in 06, 0 in 08) And that would be our total.

What’s Boulder’s total in 08 or so far in 09?

Maybe we ought to be looking at what we’re spending on social services and community mental health as well as overdevelopment?

http://www.bouldercolorado.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3737&Itemid=1386

http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=United_States_cities_by_crime_rate&action=edit&section=2

jimtown

4/1/2009 9:32:46 PM

libramom, I’m so sorry about my earlier post. I broke my own cardinal rule. I am acutely aware that loved ones read these articles and don’t need any extra hurt. My heart goes out to all those affected by this tragedy. Please accept my apologies.

catalpa

4/1/2009 9:37:35 PM

How sad. I wonder if this was some sort of murder/suicide like they’ve had so many of in California due to downturn in economy and people just feeling doomed.

laughinghard

4/1/2009 9:37:56 PM

david – I still have yet to read anything offensive in any of these posts, except yours. Please, try not to misdirect your ‘pet-peeve’ or hurt feelings at those trying to have a conversation about things other than what happened.

I think everyone has admitted this is a tragedy, and has given their respects. If you need time to grieve, or heal, this is the last place you should be.

Once again, in all due RESPECT for those parties involved and those posting.

InsipidPhenom

4/1/2009 9:45:03 PM

oh sorry david, no politician to wine and dine?C’est dommage.

Keep repeating me and DianeMad people.

That is how one gets a point across.

Yes Jimtown, I know the stats.Thanks.yup 400 murders on average in Phila.It is only March.9 months to go.

onoma

4/1/2009 9:47:02 PM

Onama, so if you know the stats, what’s your point?Seriously.

And yes, agreed, all due respect to those involved.Let’s hope the family and friends are solid and can handle the fallout the kids will likely experience for the rest of their lives.

And yes, agreed, to those grieving, please, in all seriousness and with deep respect, think about finding friends, family or counsel to grieve with, nota website or chat room.

jimtown

4/1/2009 10:01:41 PM

Jim/Blue – I’m with you on this whole ghetto thing. Some people in Boulder don’t believe there should be an actual middle class here. Just the rich, and the homeless/poor. If you fit somewhere in the middle, moving out of town is the way these people think…

InsipidPhenom

4/1/2009 10:05:07 PM

*****

Maybe we ought to be looking at what we’re spending on social services and community mental health as well as overdevelopment?

*****

OK, let’s be honest though. Would anything we spent on mental health have gotten to these people? Home in north boulder probably worth around 500k minimum means these people had mortgage around 4 grand a month which was probably around 30 percent of income which means they were making north of 140k a year. They wouldn’t have in any way qualified for mental health care in the county. It’s un Pc to say, but you’ve got to have an income which doesn’t allow you to live in Boulder or be scamming the system by participating in the cash underground economy as an illegal immigrant to qualify for anything like medical care and live here simultaneously.Things are bad. There isn’t any way around it. Counseling can’t bring back a home and jobs and a marriage and stability which is what people desire to feel happy. These are problems that are caused and will eventually have to be stablized beyond our 20 square miles.

laughinghard

4/1/2009 10:18:27 PM

What’s with all the censoring? People can talk here and grieve as they like. They are free to bring up whatever is on their mind. These sorts of things bring up a lot of issues and this is the place for people to talk about it, anonymously and freely. It’s a shame that people are trying to censor free speech on a newspaper where free speech should be happening. The Camera censors are a bunch of hypocrites. Want to benefit from a right they don’t want to give. If you don’t like what you’re reading, I suggest you read something else instead of all these people on here telling people like David to shut up.

laughinghard

4/1/2009 10:21:50 PM

jimtown, I made my point very clearly post three is this thread.

The City Council has huge amounts of tiny little apartments as part of the transit village that will severly overcrowd a large part of boulder.Imagine the Peloton, Hollywood, Steelyards all hideously crammed together in 29th Street and more after the stores go under.Washington Village on a grander scale.

Imagine Cabrini Green with height limitations.

I’m not discussing the McMansions at Mt Sanitas and Tebovilles for Corporations and their clients planned for downtown Boulder.

There are others concerned about them.

onoma

4/1/2009 10:24:28 PM

Ughhh…Best wishes to the kids, family, and friends.

Flatirony

4/1/2009 10:25:56 PM

Yeah…this time IT IS about the kids.Can you imagine having kids, then losing them to Social Services b/c you screwed up?Boulder Parents Wake up!!!!Spend time with your kiddos.And let them learn from others.It takesVillage!

libramom

4/1/2009 10:42:04 PM

Posted by libramom on April 1, 2009 at 10:42 p.m. (Suggest removal)

It takes Village!

******

No offense libramom. It may take a village, but making the village participate in a lifestyle you’ve chosen is unfair. I like kids and all, but I don’t particularly want to be responsible for people’s children. I hear “it takes a village” from every parent when they want something, but try telling a kid that’s sitting there kicking a dog that he shouldn’t and you’ll get a “mind your own business” from the parents. They only want a village when it suits them otherwise it’s always “they’re my kids” kind of thing. Raising kids is hard and you may indeed need the village to raise them if you’re planning on having both parents work so you can live in Boulder, but maybe you should count on raising your kids without the village. Not everyone wants the life you do.

laughinghard

4/1/2009 10:52:41 PM

laughinghard – no one has told david to shut up, just to not misdirect his emotions. It is also asking greiving people to seek a shoulder to lean on, instead of attacking those you seem to also be defending.

Read the posts before you spout nonsense.

InsipidPhenom

4/1/2009 10:57:06 PM

I did read the posts and too many people here gang up and ultimately censor the people they don’t agree with. See it all the time on this paper’s chat room. And the Camera removes comments left and right, often without even leaving behind the “removed by staff” comment because they don’t want people to know how much they’re actually taking off. It’s not nonsense to ask that a newspaper protected by free speech actively participate in protecting free speech instead of acting like they are harbingers of the spirit of the patriot act. But I wouldn’t expect someone who routinely spouts hyperbolic rude speech at everyone on here who does not agree with his chokingly politically correct ideals to understand.

laughinghard

4/1/2009 11:01:53 PM

And you aren’t anyone to tell someone how to grieve. They can come on here and grieve if they like. Just deal with it and stop trying to tell everyone on here how to live control freak.

laughinghard

4/1/2009 11:07:25 PM

There you go again…

I don’t recall ever being rude to anyone on ANY post, but if you want to be guilty of the same atrocities you complain about go right ahead. I do state my opinion when I feel like I have something constructive to add, agree with somethig I’ve read, or just want to participate in a little fun (i.e. the music playlist a couple of us made for Alex Midyette while he is in jail).

Still haven’t seen anyone telling him to shut up, and you just come off as being bitter…

InsipidPhenom

4/1/2009 11:08:39 PM

Wasn’t telling anyone how to live, just making a FRIENDLY suggestion…

Oh, a trolling we will go… a trolling we will go…

InsipidPhenom

4/1/2009 11:17:14 PM

Laughing hard;HELLO!!!no where in my past about”it takes a village”described anything that you felt compelled to write about.I just happen to like that phrase and when my dd was in PreK it was useful.AND you immediately think I live in a Village…lol!No I don’t.SO your idea of my Village was totally fabricated.

libramom

4/1/2009 11:22:49 PM

don’t worry, lib… no one told you or david to shut up, either…

InsipidPhenom

4/1/2009 11:29:06 PM

You people sound like a bunch of clucking chickens.Ya don’t have much to say but you still don’t shut up………….just keep clucking.

Moosi

4/2/2009 5:17:44 AM

“Increased crime, in addition to poverty, is related to guns and drugs AND CROWDING.”

Hey Sherlock.

In the article it said that they just had a contentious divorce.

Chances are this is the result of one of the parents being the loser in the winner take all, (house, kids, child support) “family” courts.

Very sad for the children.

bobcat77

4/2/2009 6:38:59 AM

Who gave the DC the authority and the gall to contact out of state relatives when the victims identity has not been released and the family has not be notified by the coroner, talk about lack of tact.

scootermania

4/2/2009 7:18:12 AM

“BOULDER CITY COUNCIL, as you and the DEVELOPERS TURN BOULDER INTO A GHETTO – why don’t you evaluate the relationship between crime and crowding?

Boulder may have more murders than D.C or Phila. this year.

“Yes Jimtown, I know the stats. Thanks. yup 400 murders on average in Phila. It is only March. 9 months to go.”

“jimtown, I made my point very clearly post three is this thread.”

Yes a very clear point that you have no idea what you are talking about. Very cute logic though…..

blueman

4/2/2009 7:49:36 AM

blueman, if you’d like to revisit the issue at a more appropriate time and place, please do.

I know exactly about what I am talking.You are probably a developer, job seeker, someone shilling for one of the developers.

Condolences to the family.

onoma

4/2/2009 8:18:30 AM

“When reached at her home in Atlanta, a woman related to Robert Oakley said the family hadn’t heard from authorities and declined to comment further.”

The Camera didn’t inform these people of a death in their family seeking comment did they?

xxx

4/2/2009 8:25:33 AM

Can you say murder suicide ?… There is NO relevant information in this story that would allow the rest of us in nearby neighborhoods to feel safe

getcraziesout

4/2/2009 8:35:05 AM

scooter, those were my thoughts upon reading the story also. Inappropriate. Condolences to the families involved as well.

+++++

When reached at her home in Atlanta, a woman related to Robert Oakley said the family hadn’t heard from authorities and declined to comment further.

WesternSky

4/2/2009 8:44:14 AM

And how Moosi!!! Anyone who calls what happens in this forum “discussion,” is nuts. Cluck, cluck, cluck…..

inmyriver

4/2/2009 8:54:36 AM

“Pray tell, who is the meter maid.? Get your facts”

I’m referring to the detectives as meter maids. Get a clue.

jiggs1000@msn.com

4/2/2009 9:44:28 AM

onoma- “I know exactly about what I am talking. You are probably a developer, job seeker, someone shilling for one of the developers.”

Somehow you turned this tragedy into a discussion about development, but now are saying that people looking for jobs, “job seekers”, are part of the problem and are somehow tied in with developers?? WOW.

philipmay11@yahoo.com

4/2/2009 12:52:59 PM

“I know exactly about what I am talking. You are probably a developer, job seeker, someone shilling for one of the developers.”

What? Are you for real? Just laughable. Wow is right phili….

blueman

4/2/2009 6:09:54 PM

Maybe she deserved what she got. Maybe she engaged in parental alienation. Maybe, she was just another selfish woman lawyer who killed her ex-husband or drove him to it? Maybe she was evil?

oconnorandrew@hotmail.com

4/2/2009 6:50:40 PM

Hi Mr. Laughinghard – your assumptions that Kaitlin may have been the problem are similar to the assumptions the jurors in the O.J.Simpson trial made. You failed to see that the loser, Robert Oakley was driving a cab while his successful former wife is a well educated lawyer. According to your assumptions, her recent resignation from her job was another of her faults and had nothing to do with the present economic situation. I do not want to correct your wrongs; I want to go on record as saying you are an idiot.

PaxMundo

4/2/2009 11:10:45 PM

PaxMundo, you disgust me calling Rob a “loser” because he drove a taxi.Rob was a stay at home dad so his wife could pursue her career and their children could have a full-time parent.After the divorce, he didn’t get payments from the X to support himself or his children that he lived with, so he got a job as a taxi driver to make ends meet to try to provide his kids with a decent life.He was college educated, with experience as a teacher – a field he was trying to get back into ever since the divorce…Beyond this, I am a taxi driver with Boulder Yellow Cab as well.I can tell you that Rob was a good man whom worked tirelessly in his taxi in order to provide for his family.It provided him enough income to get by, and enough flexibility of time to be there for his children.There is no shame in this.You, PaxMundo, are the loser for being so judgmental of others as to look down on rob because while he was at work he happened to be behind the wheel of a taxi.I feel sorry for your children – as they are forced to grow up in a household of such ignorance, and disdain for your fellow man.

cabbie

4/4/2009 9:04:51 AM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cabrini-Green

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cabrini-Green

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cabrini-Green

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cabrini-Green

creation

4/4/2009 6:19:54 PM