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Colorado law officers say there is still no arrest in the Springford double murder cases as of Tuesday, but more details relevant to the killings are coming to light.

Late Sunday, a source told WSFA's Chris Holmes that Brent Springford's common law wife picked him up at a northern Colorado airport.  That got us to thinking about that angle again.

Could someone board an airplane and come to Montgomery without leaving a trail? It turns out, the answer is yes.

Boulder, Colorado is one of the best places in the world to fly.  It's an airport where you'll see more gliders than just about anyplace else. WSFA's team was there when suspect Brent Springford called our cell phone.

He said, "I absolutely did not commmit this atrocity. It is utterly unthinkable to me."

A source told us says the airport is where Carolyn Scoutt picked up Springford the Saturday after his parents murders. If true, it begs the question, could Springford have used a small plane to sneak in and out of Montgomery unnoticed?

Paul Davis is a Montgomery flight instructor.  "It's certainly possible, absolutely. He'd have to stop and refuel maybe once or twice depending on winds, but sure, he could make it in 10, 11 hours."

Davis says a single engine plane could easily cover the distance between Montgomery and Boulder in less than half the time a car could, and that would fit the short timeline between the killings and the discovery of the bodies. But more importantly, Springford wouldn't face security checks or leave a paper record.

"You don't even have to even file a flight plan," Davis said. "You can just go and take off and land without reporting it to anybody."

Boulder also has plenty of pilots who might innocently want put more hours in their logbook; more hours leads to airline jobs. All Springford might have to do is pay for gas, a hotel room, and meals.

The only way someone can fly without a record or even a flight plan is with a private noncommercial pilot. If Springford bought a charter flight, federal rules would require pilots to record a passenger list.

And here's the most compelling piece of new information we've found: Brent Springford Senior was a private pilot. He also owned and flew a single engine plane he kept in Montgomery. So it's reasonable to think his son might have a working knowledge of how these aviation rules work.

Montgomery Police continue to list Springford Junior as the only named suspect, but they also won't rule out the possibility other people are involved.

Reporter: Chris Holmes

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