DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. (KDVR) — The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has identified a 20-year-old woman whose body was found 27 years ago in an area near Woodland Park and Deckers in the Pike San Isabel National Forest.
DCSO said Rebecca “Becky” Ann Redeker’s body was found on June 15, 1993 near Rainbow Creek Falls.
Becky lived in the Colorado Springs area during the early ’90s. She also lived in Manitou Springs, where she attended high school for a time. She went to Coronado High School in 1989 and also spent a year at Manual High School in Denver.
Undersheriff Holly Nicholson-Kluth said, “As a new detective in 1993, I had no idea this case would haunt me for 27 years. I am just thankful after all this time, this part has been solved. After all this time, there is a family this girl belonged to. She is someone. She is no longer a Jane Doe.”
In July 2020, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office cold case detective received information that finally lead to the identification of the remains of Becky.
Sheriff Tony Spurlock said, “We had a pretty extensive crime scene, but quickly we were faced with the fact that we had the inability to identify the deceased person. Over the years, the investigation was sparked by new technology and new pieces of information. We reopened this case. One of the things we did right away is partnered with United Data Connect and Crime Stoppers to give us the resources and the technology to help us with the DNA genealogy to help us identify this person.”
Spurlock shared this information with the victim’s family.
“You can imagine how difficult it has been for them to not know who their daughter was because they were not able to identify,” he said. “I wouldn’t say it was relief. I would call it re-ignited sadness because they had missed their family member for all those years.”
The sheriff’s office has no leads on a possible suspect in Becky’s killing, and they are asking for tips from the public.
“As I told the detectives when they came up and said, ‘We identified her, we know who she is,’ I said this is a homicide that just happened. That is how we are handling it, as an active investigation, as it had just occurred,” Spurlock said.
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“We are asking for anyone who knew Becky, recognizes these photographs with her, or was with her in the summer of 1993, anyone she might have talked to or associated with, to please call,” Spurlock said.
Undersheriff Nicholson-Kluth added, “Obviously a lot more work to be done, but I’m confident we will find out more. With the public’s help, we will find out how she got there and what happened to her, especially for the family, for their closure.”