Father of Boulder child found in Oklahoma charged with murdering missing mother

Posted at 11:05 AM, Feb 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-16 20:49:48-05

BOULDER, Colo. – Police in Boulder announced Thursday that Adam Densmore has been served a warrant for first-degree murder for the death of Ashely Mead.

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Densmore was arrested by Oklahoma State Patrol near Tulsa Wednesday after police announced they were looking for a missing child and her mother. The 13-month-old child was found safe. The body of an adult woman was found in a dumpster outside a Walmart in Oklmulgee, Oklahoma, 40 miles from where Densmore was arrested.

Police haven't yet said the body belongs to Mead, however police believe she was murdered. 

The missing persons report was filed after Mead failed to show up for work on Tuesday. She was last seen on Sunday.

Mead has family in Pennsylvania and Louisiana and has lived in the Boulder area for at least five years, Boulder Police said Densmore has lived in the area off and on for some time.

"They had a very strained relationship," said Shannon Cordingly, with the Boulder Police Department. 

Mead's neighbors describe a quiet couple, who had a small argument last week.

"It sounded like they were just kind of arguing Thursday, but it wasn’t like anything you would hear like a domestic disturbance or anything," said Lucas Swafford, who frequently stays in a nearby apartment. "My kids were playing with their little girl the other day. It's just sad."

Friends describe Mead as a pre-school teacher working on an internship to develop career skills.

"She's incredibly intelligent, a sweetheart, classy, just seemed like a really good mom," said Christina Ball, who is in the internship with Mead and lives next door.


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