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Maggie Long

Today I am discussing the case of 17-year-old Maggie Long from Bailey, Colorado. On December 1st, 2017, Maggie left her high school to change her clothes and grab some items for a concert she was helping with that night. But Maggie never returned. When Maggie’s family went to look for her at their home it was on fire with Maggie’s car still in the driveway.


After officials announced that no body was found in the home after extinguishing the fire, but there was also no official search for Maggie, the public was understandably confused and concerned. It would take months for officials to clear up these statements, over year to announce that Maggie was burned alive in her home that night, and several years to announce that they believe Maggie was the victim of a hate crime.


Maggie Long was an Asian American female with brown eyes and black hair. The police are seeking information about three men believed to be connected to this crime. It’s believed they were driving a late 90s to 2000 light colored Chevy Astro van and a Ford pickup. Anyone with information is urged to call 1800 call FBI, you can also submit tips online at fbi.gov/tips.


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“2017.” FBI, FBI, 15 Oct. 2018, https://ucr.fbi.gov/hate-crime/2017.


“AAJC.” Asian Americans Advancing Justice, https://advancingjustice-aajc.org/.


Bitler, Dara, and Vicente Arenas. “FBI Investigating Maggie Long's Death as a Hate Crime.”


FOX31 Denver, FOX31 Denver, 18 May 2021, https://kdvr.com/news/local/fbi-investigating-maggie-longs-death-as-a-hate-crime/.


Brennan, Author: Noel. “'This Is Not a Cold Case': Maggie Long's Sisters Not Giving up Two Years after Teen's Murder.” KUSA.com, 2 Dec. 2019, https://www.9news.com/article/news/maggie-long-sisters-hopeful-for-break-in-case/73-4924612e-4587-4848-91a2-35f2393960ea.


Bruner, Bill. “Maggie Long, a True Loss for the Community.” TheFlume.com, 15 Dec. 2017, https://www.theflume.com/free_content/article_46f2060c-e1df-11e7-a945-7702369becb5.html.


Chen, Jenny J. “First-Ever Tracker of Hate Crimes against Asian-Americans Launched.” NPR, NPR, 17 Feb. 2017, https://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2017/02/17/515824196/first-ever-tracker-of-hate-crimes-against-asian-americans-launched.


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Eastman, Author: Katie. “Park County Mourns the Loss of Teen Maggie Long.” KUSA.com, 8 Dec. 2017, https://www.9news.com/article/news/local/park-county-mourns-the-loss-of-teen-maggie-long/73-497812437.


Laviola, Erin. “Maggie Long Murder: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know.” Heavy.com, Heavy, 30 Jan. 2019, https://heavy.com/news/2019/01/maggie-long-murder/amp/.


Maass, Brian. “FBI Now Viewing Maggie Long Murder as Possible Hate Crime.” CBS Denver, CBS Denver, 18 May 2021, https://denver.cbslocal.com/2021/05/18/maggie-long-hate-crime-fbi/.


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Miller, Blair. “Judge Issues Gag Order in Case of Missing Park County Girl, Arson.” KMGH, KMGH, 4 Dec. 2017, https://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/crime/judge-issues-gag-order-in-case-of-missing-park-county-girl-arson.


“Nearly 2 Years after Maggie Long's Murder, Family Decides to Sell Home in Park County.” KMGH, 25 Oct. 2019, https://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/nearly-2-years-after-maggie-longs-murder-family-decides-to-sell-home-in-park-county.


Newton, Walter L. “Still No Arrest in Maggie Long Murder.” TheFlume.com, 11 Jan. 2018, https://www.theflume.com/free_content/article_150a3152-f722-11e7-8bfa-f7e76994a7f1.html.

Sheldon, Author: Bobbi. “3 Suspects Wanted for Murder of Park County Teen Maggie Long.” KUSA.com, 29 Jan. 2019, https://www.9news.com/article/news/crime/3-suspects-wanted-for-murder-of-park-county-teen-maggie-long/73-bcb79b32-98b3-4ef2-abaa-2636e2bd925b.


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Stevens, Adam. “New Pictures from the Https://T.co/7q8ytcznmw Show Just How Extensive the Fire Damage Was in the Home. @Jennkovaleski Has More Tonight on @Denverchannel Pic.twitter.com/AIQlFXonV2.” Twitter, Twitter, 28 Jan. 2019, https://twitter.com/stevensadam/status/1090004115671805953?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1090004115671805953%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.thedenverchannel.com%2Fnews%2Fcrime%2Fauthorities-say-bailey-teen-maggie-long-was-burned-alive-in-2017-three-suspects-sought-in-murder.


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“Venue Theatre Tribute to Maggie Long.” YouTube, YouTube, 13 Nov. 2018, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZ9KxqqxHSM&t=84s.


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Vigdor, Neil. “Hate Crime Is Eyed in Chinese-American Teen's 2017 Killing, Authorities Say.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 19 May 2021, https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/19/us/maggie-long-murder-hate-crime.html.


Worley, Ashlynn. “Reward Increased to $50,000 in Case of Murdered Teen Maggie Long.” KOAA, KOAA, 29 Jan. 2019, https://www.koaa.com/news/covering-colorado/2019/01/28/reward-for-maggie-long-murder-increases-to-50000/.

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