Timeline: 7 unsolved Abilene murders in 25 years

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB) - According to the Abilene Police Department, 140 murders have been reported in the Key City in the past 25 years. Of those 140, seven remain unsolved.

KTAB Reporter Kathleen Barkley did some digging to learn more about those seven cases.

Several of those cases could be considered high profile, such as TV Reporter Jennifer Servo, 15 years ago.

But, let's start from the beginning.

In 1994, Melvin Scruggs was killed.

Abilene then went 8 years before it's next unsolved case in 2002. That was Jennifer Servo.

The KRBC reporter was sexually assaulted, strangled, and killed inside her apartment just three months after what she hoped would be a long career in journalism.

Her ex-boyfriend, Ralph Sepulveda, remains the only named suspect in her death.

Fast-forward to 2004. Reyes Olvera was murdered

Just on year later, Bobby Deck was killed.

Seven years later, in 2012, Dan Nickerson was found dead in an alleyway in June. He was shot and killed, but no suspects have been publicly identified.

58-year-old Allen Hickman was killed in a shooting at a home on the 800 block of Mesquite Street. Reports state he was shot at least one time. This was October of 2014.

Which brings us to our most recent case, Abilene realtor Tom Niblo. Niblo was shot and killed while in bed inside his home on the 3700 block of Woodridge Drive.

His brother-in-law, Luke Sweetser, remains the only publicly named suspect. No arrests have been made.

To read more on these cases, click here.

 


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