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Jennifer Watkins Biography
A 20-year unsolved murder case was solved in Colorado Springs after a DNA match identified his killer, but the culprit died long ago in a car accident.
Hospital worker Jennifer Watkins, 23, was found dead under a ladder in November 1999 with blunt force trauma to the head, after she raised the alarm when she was unable to pick up her two children afterward. from work.
Watkins was reported missing
Watkins was reported missing on November 6, 1999 after she failed to return from work and did not pick up her two children from their mother.
Detectives found her car in a hospital parking lot, but a search of the vehicle revealed no clues to her whereabouts.
But on November 8, detectives found her body while conducting interviews at Memorial Hospital, where she Watkins had been working the day she disappeared.
Two elevator workers noticed a ‘distinctive smell’ near a staircase and found a body wrapped in plastic and tied with duct tape, which turned out to be Watkins.
Still unidentified, the samples were submitted to a genealogy lab
Still unidentified, the samples were sent to a genealogy laboratory described by police as performing “advanced DNA testing in combination with groundbreaking genetic testing.”
Finally, in August 2020, this led to a breakthrough when Ricky Severt, 29 at the time of Watkins’ death, was identified as a ‘person of interest’.
Investigations found that Severt was a maintenance worker at the hospital who had been interviewed in November 1999 but had denied knowing Watkins.
According to a work schedule he provided at the time, he would have been working at the hospital the day Watkins disappeared.
Although Watkins had long been dead, some of his family members were still available to provide DNA, helping detectives establish a 99.99994 percent match.
The new evidence was sent to a district attorney in October, and this month the prosecution said it was “certain that the person responsible for Jennifer Watkins’ murder is Ricky Severt.”
Because Severt is dead, the investigation was eventually closed, police said.
“After all these years, we are grateful to finally be able to give Jennifer Watkins’ family the answers they deserve,” said Police Chief Vince Niski.
‘No matter how long, we will always work to serve this community, and I am proud of all the Cold Case detectives of the past 21 years who have never stopped working for Ms. Watkins.
“Not for a moment did they lose sight of the most important thing: finding the truth for the Watkins family.”