Cold Case: Jocelyn Sandberg's Murder

By: KKTV 11 News
By: KKTV 11 News

Two years ago, a cleaning crew made a gruesome discovery on the Colorado College campus. The workers found the body of Jocelyn Sandberg. She was stabbed to death. Colorado Springs detectives have been working the case since then, but have yet to arrest anyone. Here is the latest on the investigation in this Cold Case File report.

In the early morning hours of April 26, 2002, Jocelyn Sandberg, age 41, was coming home from a concert in Boulder. A friend dropped her off in front of her house on Dale Street. Moments later, she got into an argument with a man she didn't know. Later that night, the cleaning crew would find her body a few blocks away---outside Armstrong Hall on the CC campus.

Today, the tree outside of radio station KRCC is in full bloom. Jocelyn's friends planted it there a year after she died. "I miss her voice. She had a great voice. She was a DJ, and had a nice calm, soothing voice," remembers her friend, Regina Dipadova. Jocelyn was the operations manager at KRCC.

"We continue to get tips in, and continue to follow those up, but so far nothing has jumped out and gone forward," says Colorado Springs Police Detective David Edmondson.

One lead was Alexander Pring-Wilson. Cambridge, Massachusetts Police accuse him of stabbing an 18-year old man to death in April of 2003. Detectives back here in Colorado Springs say the M.O. is very similar to Jocelyn Sandberg's death.

Alexander Pring-Wilson has ties to Colorado Springs. He graduated from CC and is now a graduate student at Harvard. Colorado Springs Police can't get the DNA evidence they need to rule him out or arrest him for Jocelyn's death.

"I think what it'll take, eventually, is for that case to get done, there, and then we try to match something up with the evidence they have. It's become very complicated how to go through that without ruining or using up evidence," says Edmondson.

Pring-Wilson's murder trial in Cambridge is scheduled to begin June 1st.

"We're supposed to respect life, no matter if we disagree or with what people are doing, and to me, killing someone is the most disrespectful thing you can do. To catch this person, would be closure but it would also be respect for her life," says Dipadova.

In the meantime, Jocelyn's friends remember her strength, and her spirit. "She just had a lot of really good energy. Smart person. Had a lot of gifts and talents to share and give. She was a good, good person," says Dipadova.

Police do have a description of a man who witnesses say had a very loud argument with Jocelyn the morning she was killed. He's white, in his late 20s or early 30s, 5’8”, about 150 pounds and clean-shaven. Detectives hope that maybe now that two years have gone by, someone may have heard something that could lead to an arrest.

If you have information that could help solve this murder case, call Pikes Peak Area Crime Stoppers at 634-STOP. You will remain anonymous, and if your tip leads to a conviction, you could be eligible for a cash reward.


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