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Sid Wells (Homicide)

Sid Wells

Case Number: P83-7907

Sid Wells was a 22-year-old journalism student at the University of Colorado when he was shot and killed in his Spanish Towers condominium on Aug. 1, 1983. Wells was shot with a shotgun. His brother found him in their shared condo. Police believe the suspect is a man named Thayne Smika, Wells’ roommate at the time of the murder. Smika fled after the homicide and police have not been able to locate him since the mid 1980s. Recent information (developed in 2012) indicates that Smika may be living outside the United States.  Police have obtained a warrant for Smika's arrest on a First Degree Murder charge. Anyone with information about the murder of Sid Wells is asked to contact Boulder police at 303-441-3333. Anonymous tips may be emailed to [email protected] Tips leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect in this crime may be eligible for a cash reward.