Cash Missing From Pueblo Sheriff Evidence Room

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Tara Adame, the former head of the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office evidence and property section, resigned amid an investigation into missing money, Sheriff Kirk Taylor said.

Sheriff: Evidence Room Head Resigns Amid Probe Of Missing Money

PUEBLO, Colo. -- The Pueblo County sheriff says the head of the department's evidence and property section has resigned amid an investigation into missing cash.

Sheriff Kirk Taylor told the Pueblo Chieftain Friday that Tara Adame, a 10-year employee, resigned earlier this month.

Adame is considered a "person of interest" in the investigation and has not been arrested or charged, Taylor said.

No phone listing could be found for her. The Chieftain says she couldn't be reached for comment Friday.

Taylor says "a substantial amount of cash" is missing from the department's evidence section, including $400 from a homicide case.

The exact total hasn't been released. Taylor says prescription drugs may also be missing.

"Nobody wants this to happen, but it's a human business and I'm glad our checks and balances worked and caught this," Taylor told the Chieftain.

Taylor said he called in the Colorado Bureau of Investigation to help with the investigation.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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