Karen Colclough spent a great deal of her life dedicated to helping others. A native of Lynnfield who had been living in Wyoming for the past decade, Colclough was assisting her church group and an international group helping families in Nicaragua when she was found dead on Monday.
Colclough, 37, was reported missing on Friday in Tierra Nueva, Nicaragua, where she had been a volunteer with the Presbyterian Church of Jackson Hole, Wyo., and Argos International, a nonprofit working with rural families in Central America.
It was her second trip with the Presbyterian Church group and an international aid group, said Pastor Paul Hayden. Colclough had gone on an earlier mission to Guatemala with the church and a children’s homes organization, said Hayden.
Douglas Colclough said in a phone interview from Lynnfield on Tuesday that the Managuan Embassy told him that one or two suspects were in custody in his daughter’s death, but specific information was not available.
Karen Colclough was committed to helping others throughout her life, her 72-year-old father said. She was an EMT and “always very helpful and very religious,” he said. He fears that someone may have taken advantage of her helpful nature and caused her death.