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Victim: Melanie Sturm
Victim: Melanie Sturm

Case Description

File Number: 85-04771

The Victims: On February 14, 1985, 37 year old Cassandra Rundle and her two children, 12 year old Detrick Sturm and 10 year old Melanie Sturm were located in their residence having been brutally murdered. This crime emotionally crippled not only the family members of the beloved victims but the families' neighborhood and our entire community.

The Crime: On the evening of February 13th, 1985, Cassandra Rundle and her children Detrick and Melanie Sturm attended a school function. Cassandra and Detrick left the function together arriving at their residence, 412 LaClede Avenue, at approximately 8:00 p.m. Melanie was dropped off at the residence by friends at approximately 8:30 p.m.

On February 14th, at approximately 10:37 a.m. the CSPD was called to the LaClede residence in the southwestern portion of Colorado Springs on a report of the possible homicide of Cassandra Rundle. Upon arrival officers also discovered the bodies of Detrick and Melanie Sturm.

The Investigation: The El Paso Coroner determined that all three victims died as a result of strangulation. Both Cassandra and Melanie had been sexually assaulted as well.

Throughout the years since the homicides, hundreds of interviews of witnesses, potential witnesses and persons of interest have been conducted; however no substantive leads have developed. 

The Colorado Springs Police Department Homicide Cold Case Unit is currently responsible for approximately 90 unsolved homicide cases dating back to 1949. CSPD considers a case to be cold if it remains unsolved for more than one year.


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