Justice for Jennifer: New Leads Surface 14 Years after Reporter’s Murder

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It was her first job away from home and her last. Now, almost 14 years later, the 2002 murder of KRBC reporter Jennifer Servo still remains unsolved.

Detective John Wilson with the Abilene Police Department says they’ve been looking at new, local leads for the past two weeks, but the big break in the case has yet to come.

APD wouldn’t give any insight into these leads, but Detective Wilson did say Servo’s ex-boyfriend Ralph Sepulveda is still “a listed suspect in this case.”

Sepulveda moved to Abilene when Servo took her job with KRBC to begin what she thought would be a long career in journalism. Three months after she uprooted to the Key City, her body was found inside the apartment she and Sepulveda once shared, leaving family, friends, and co-workers looking for answers.

The initial investigation lead detectives to believe Servo’s killer was someone she knew. Her apartment showed no signs that there was forced entry before she was strangled, sexually assaulted, and killed.
Servo ended her relationship with Sepulveda after learning he had a fiance back in Montana and a child from a previous relationship she didn’t know about.

Despite ending their short relationship, the two decided to remain friend while Servo focused on her number one priority – her budding career.

Taylor County Judge Downing Bolls was the lead anchor for KRBC when Servo was killed. He remembers Servo as a hard-working, driven employee.

“She took her job really seriously and was very dedicated to putting a good tape together and getting some experience while she was here and moving up to the next level,” Downing recalls. 

Servo’s father, Norman Olson, is still actively looking for answers over a decade after her death. He created a website (LINK TO JUSTICEFORJENNIFER.org) dedicated to his daughter that has helped both her father and detectives with the investigation.

Olson was sure an arrest was going to happen in the hours following the murder, but those hours turned to days which turned to months, and now years later, her killer remains free.

Olson says the last he heard, Sepulveda, the only named suspect, was living in Baltimore.

A single tip could bring police one step close to the possibility of making an arrest and closing this case. Anyone who has any information should call (325)676-8477.

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