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Missing woman’s car found in Colorado

Rob Bhatt

Police in Colorado have arrested a South Lake Tahoe parolee driving the car of a local woman reported missing one month ago.

The parolee, Edward T. Hawkins, 35, is in custody on charges not related to the disappearance of the victim, Frances Hatadis, 60.

Hawkins was reportedly pulled over for a traffic violation in Morgan County, Colo. on Saturday. Officers took Hawkins into custody after a computer search revealed that the vehicle he was driving, a 1988 Dodge Dynasty registered to Hatadis, was linked to the investigation of the woman’s disappearance.

South Lake Tahoe police detectives on Monday interviewed Hawkins in the Morgan County Jail. Hawkins reportedly denied any involvement with Hatadis.

Hawkins was paroled from state prison in June after serving his sentence on a robbery conviction.

South Lake Tahoe police released no further information about the investigation.

The last confirmed sighting of Hatadis was July 27.

Investigators reported the woman and her husband, who has lived in South Lake Tahoe for several years, were separated but not divorced. Mrs. Hatadis in June moved from the Placerville area to the South Lake Tahoe motel where her husband still lives.

Detective Larry Olsen said Hatadis’ husband was questioned. He was reportedly cooperative and is not considered a suspect.

Based on interviews with neighbors and the woman’s relatives, Olsen said the retired woman “kept to herself” and “liked to go to the clubs (casinos) to play the (slot) machines.”

“We never found any indication that there would be someone who would have a problem with her,” Olsen added.

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