On September 18, 2002, a woman and former up-and-coming on-air reporter known as Jennifer Servo was murdered in her South Abilene, Texas apartment. She was only 22-years-old when she died. In fact, Servo was killed only five days before her 23rd birthday. To this day, nearly eight years later, her killer has not been caught yet. Even if this murder case turned out to be mystifying and complex, no one is giving up hope that Jennifer Servo’s killer will someday get arrested and pay the price.
Jennifer Servo was known as a University of Montana alumnus who majored in journalism. She always dreamed of becoming a news reporter, which she became. She used to work a weekend reporting job for KECI-TV in Missoula before working her first television career at KRBC-TV in Abilene, which she began July of 2002. However, her journalism career became short-lived due to her sudden and tragic death. Because of this, her career lasted only less than three months.
When Servo became a no-call no-show at her workplace on September 18, 2002 (the day when she was murdered), her co-workers started to feel concerned and decided to contact the Hunter Ridge Apartment complex, where she resided. In response, the landlord of the complex went over to the victim’s apartment to check on her. When the landlord opened the door, it was realized that the victim’s apartment became a senseless murder scene. The landlord, then, called police. In addition, her tragic death soon became a news headline.
When authorities arrived at the scene, they learned that Servo had experienced head trauma (possibly through bludgeoning) and strangulation, which were the likely causes of her death. Further, she was entirely clad, even if an autopsy had disclosed that she was raped. She seemed to have been slain in the living room of her apartment; however, for reasons undetermined, the killer mad moved her body to the bathroom.
As authorities scoured the apartment, they learned that the victim’s cell phone and some DVDs have been misplaced. Even so, they did not find any indications of forced entry or any indications of any struggle. This led police to believe that the victim may have been familiar with her killer.
Ever since Servo was murdered, her credit or debit cards or her phone were never used.
Jennifer Servo’s murder was deemed as the second slaying in the city of Abilene in the year 2002. With that said, this turned out to be a peculiar coincidence, which mentions that the first slaying occurred in the same apartment complex, shortly before Servo came to Texas. Even if that suspect had turned himself in to authorities and was jailed during Servo’s murder, authorities could not link that suspect to Servo’s murder.
Authorities say that following Servo’s death, her killer had seized numerous items from her apartment, and those included a Guess brand purse, a “Kyocera” brand cell phone, and DVDs consisting of “Sex in the City” episodes and a movie known as “Saving Private Ryan.”
A few possible ways to find Servo’s killer would be through more advanced forensic technologies as well as resolute law enforcement efforts.
As a former reporter, Servo had covered many reports pertaining to homicides; however, she never got a chance to cover her own.
Let’s try to find Jennifer Servo’s killer as soon as possible so she and her family can have some justice.
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