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Victim: Melissa Riedell
Victim: Melissa Riedell

Case Description

File Number: 86-07319 

The Victim: Melissa (Missy) Riedell, 15 years of age

The Crime: On March 7, 1986, Mrs. Diana Riedell arrived at her apartment at, 4750 Nightingale Drive at approximately 3:00 p.m.  On entering she found her daughter, Melissa Riedell deceased lying on her own bed with a knife in her chest.  An autopsy revealed that there was a ligature mark around Melissa's throat, however the ligature itself was not found.  Melissa had also been stabbed multiple times.

The mother stated that she had spoken with Melissa by phone at approximately 2 p.m., and was to pick up her daughter and take her to visit a friend.

There did not appear to be any forced entry and the door was locked when her mother arrived at 3 p.m.  There was also no indication of sexual assault nor a struggle.

The investigation into her death remains open.  

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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