The Chapmans' house located at 870 E. South Bear Creek Drive, site of the grisly murder of Bill and Lena Chapman, was torn down Thursday afternoon.
The couple was found murdered in the burned remains of their home in the early morning hours of Oct. 1, 2006. The person or persons responsible for their deaths probably set the home on fire to destroy evidence. No one has been arrested in connection with the unsolved case, and detectives haven't released new information.
Mike Conway, public information officer for the city, said the house had already suffered so much damage because it was burned down that it made sense to have it leveled. "It was a hazard," he said.
The demolition was delayed slightly to accommodate a Saturday night vigil, according to Conway. About 150 people showed up in memory of the couple.
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He said the city had issued a demolition permit long ago for the house to be torn down.
Jim Chapman, one of three children the couple had, said it was a family decision to bring the house down. At one point, the family had hoped to rebuild the house, but so much time went by that the remaining structure had deteriorated, he said. "It's not of any use," he said.
Chapman declined to comment if there were any insurance issues involved in the demolition of the structure. He said as of now, the family has no plans to build another home at the location.
John Fister, the detective handling the case, said the demolition of the house won't affect the ongoing investigation. "We collected everything we could," he said. "We released the house when we were done."
He wasn't sure when the house was released because he inherited the investigation in 2008.
Although no new information has been released in the case, Fister said after last week's vigil he received three tips. He wasn't able to reveal information about the tips, but said he'll be looking into them.
Fister said he has been in contact with two people, and will talk to one more person today. He said so far, none of the people who have called is interested in the $50,000 reward the state is offering for anyone who provides information leading to an arrest in the case.
"Everybody tells me that they don't want it," he said. "They just want to solve the crime."