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Army CID offers $10,000 reward in 1987 murder in Colorado Springs

FORT CARSON SOLDIER COLD CASE

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A cold case murder involving a Fort Carson soldier may be heating up thanks to state-of-the-art phenotyping technology.

The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, or CID, is offering a $10,000 reward in the investigation into the 1987 murder of Army Spc. Darlene Krashoc. At the time of her death, Krashoc was assigned to the 73rd Maintenance Company at Fort Carson.

Krashoc's body was found in the early morning hours of March 17, 1987 in the parking lot behind the Korean Club Restaurant at 2710 S. Academy Boulevard.

The night before her body was found Krashoc went to a club called Shuffles, which was located at 1861 S. Academy Boulevard. She was seen leaving between midnight and 1 a.m. A police officer found her body at around 5:30 a.m.

At the time, investigators said that Krashoc was most likely killed somewhere else before her body was dumped.

In 2004 and 2011, laboratory testing was conducted and an unknown man's DNA was collected.

Last year, CID agents and the Colorado Springs Police Department submitted 27 pieces of evidence to the United States Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory for additional DNA testing.

In December, CID hired a company that specializes in DNA phenotyping, which is the process of predicting physical appearance and ancestry from unidentified DNA.

The result was a snapshot composite depicting what the killer may have looked like at age 25 and again at age 50 to 55.

Army CID points out that the killer's exact age is not known and that the composites are scientific approximations of appearance based on DNA. Therefore, the killer's actual appearance likely differs some.

Army CID and the Colorado Springs Police Department hope someone will know who the man depicted in the sketches is and submit a tip. Army CID can be reached by calling 571-305-4375 or by clicking here. The Colorado Springs Police Department can be reached by calling 719-444-7000 or you can call Pikes Peak Area Crime Stoppers at 719-634-STOP (7867).


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