U.S. Army offers $10,000 reward for 1987 cold case homicide

Suspect based on DNA prediction. Photos: U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - This Friday marks thirty years since Army Spc. Darlene Krashoc was found dead in a parking lot in Colorado Springs. Now, the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID) is offering $10,000 for answers in the cold case.

CID has continued to work with Colorado Springs police in order to find the homicide suspect.

CID says Krashoc was stationed at Fort Carson and assigned to the 73rd Maintenance Company in 1987. She was just 20 years old at the time of her death.


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Army Spc. Darlene Krashoc

The investigation revealed Krashoc went out to a local club, at the time called Shuffles, at 1861 South Academy Boulevard in the southeast part of the city. She was out dancing and drinking with friends from her unit.

The date was March 17, 1987 when she was last seen leaving the club between midnight and 1 a.m.

Just hours later, police found Krashoc's body around 5:30 a.m. She was in a parking lot of the Korean Club Restaurant, located at 2710 South Academy Blvd, just one mile south from Shuffles.

Our news partners at The Gazette ran a story in 2010, stating Krashoc's parents traveled from their Maryland home to Colorado Springs in 1987 to place fliers across the city.

According to The Gazette, the fliers, along with a photo of Krashoc stated, “I was only 20 years old. They took my dignity, my pride and my jacket. Then, without mercy, they took my life. If you know something and think it’s insignificant, you’re mistaken. It’s probably the missing link.”

Without any suspects found, the case eventually went cold. CID says the investigation reopened in 2004 and 2011 for lab and DNA profile testing.

In 2016, CID, along with police, sent 27 evidence pieces for further DNA testing. Then late last year in December, they turned to DNA phenotyping. That's where the physical appearance is predicted based on DNA evidence.

In the story above, you can see what that phenotyping technology revealed. They composited a photo of what the suspect might have looked like at age 25, and again around 50-55 years old.

CID released a note that the photos are likely not exact replicas of the suspect. They save environmental factors play a role, including if the suspect smoked, drank or how they ate. Other factors may also play a role that the phenotyping would not pick up, including facial hair, hairstyle, scars, etc.

Law enforcement is pleading for anyone with information on who the suspect may be, to come forward. Contact your local Army CID office or CID Headquarters in Virginia at 1-844-Army-CID or (571)305-4375 or email Crime Tips at Army.CID.Crime.Tips@mail.mil., or the Colorado Springs Police Department (Detective Montez or Investigator Browne) at 719-444-7000 or The Pikes Peak area crime stoppers at 719-634-7867.