Police Looking at 1999 Cold Case

By: Lauri Martin Email
By: Lauri Martin Email

Beaten, strangled and left under a stairwell at a Memorial hospital, that’s how Jennifer Watkins died nearly 8 years ago. Her murder is still a mystery and her killer is still on the loose. We open this cold case file from November 1999.

Flipping through her photo album, Irene Skinner is flooded with memories of her only daughter. "Jennifer and I built a bond that nobody can break,” Skinner says. Watkins worked at Memorial Hospital delivering food to patients, going from floor to floor. "She was last seen on the 5th floor picking up trays," Detective Derek Graham with the Springs Police Homicide Unit says. Watkins was last seen on November 5th, 1999. Her body was discovered 3 days later under a staircase on the 8th floor of the hospital.

Watkins was a young mother, murdered just a few weeks before her 24th birthday. Her son, Michael, was 3 at the time and her daughter, Mariah, was just 11 months.

"There were a lot of construction workers in and out of hospital." Detective Graham says the hospital was getting renovated at the time. Back in 1999, cops questioned hundreds of Memorial employees, asking about Watkins, but now, the investigation has shifted. "Anybody that knew any construction workers at the hospital, contact us. There were a lot of people we were unable to identify at the time," says the detective.

Watkins’ mother hopes for some kind of closure. "It's not easy... just one day at a time," Skinner cries.

If you know what happened to Jennifer Watkins, call Crime Stoppers at 634-STOP in Colorado Springs. Remember, your anonymous tip could earn you a cash reward.

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  • by Erica Location: maryland on Jun 13, 2008 at 09:22 AM
    how can i give information about this case that doesn't involve call 634-stop
  • by michelle Location: north on Jun 2, 2007 at 07:56 PM
    I agree with questioning her husband. they both worked for me at one point and her husband was a scary guy. when he was fierd he came in with a bb gun and shot the walls. the police really need to dig deeper with him!
  • by mona Location: Colorado Springs on May 8, 2007 at 12:06 PM
    Its pretty scary that after nine years, there is still a case and no leads. Did any one really question her Husband?, who had worked there too!!!!!And I mean really question him. Because he was in house keeping at that time and probably had access to that stairwell to clean it.?????
  • by George Location: Colorado Springs, Memorial Hospital on May 7, 2007 at 10:51 PM
    It is quite concerning that after almost 9 years that the only lead is not a lead at all. It would be nice to have police saying that they are following leads rather than asking if anyone knew any construction workers at the time. Where are the records from the construction companies?
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