Cold Case Murder From 1988

By: Lauri Martin
By: Lauri Martin

A killer is still on the loose after 18 years. We open up a cold case file from June 5th, 1988.

24-year-old Mary Vialpando's life seemed to be going right. She was married, had a daughter and was studying sports medicine. "I felt like we were close," Mary’s sister, Cynthia Renkel told 11 News. She said her sister was beautiful inside and out. The last time they saw each other was the night of June 4th, 1988. "My family always lived on West side. Mary felt safe on West side, so she went for a walk." But Mary's walk in the early morning hours would turn out to be deadly. She was found raped, beaten and stabbed to death on the 2600 block of Colorado Avenue in Old Colorado City, just blocks from her home.

Detective Derek Graham with the Colorado Springs Police Department said, “We had DNA in this case; we submitted it, looked at it, and will compare it. Then, we can rule someone in or out.” But, matching that DNA to someone could be a challenge. Police are desperate for any more information.

Cynthia thinks about the terror her sister went through during her final moments. She's been waiting 18 years for Mary's killer to get caught. "I think about her everyday. It’s frustrating they haven’t caught the person yet." Mary would've been 43-years-old next week.

If you know what happened to Mary Vialpando back in 1988, call Crime Stoppers at 634-STOP in Colorado Springs or at 542-STOP in Pueblo. Remember, your anonymous tip could earn you a cash reward.

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