Search intensifies for college student's killer
by OWEN LEI / KING 5 News
KTVB.COM / Posted on October 29, 2010 at 10:53 AM
DES MOINES, Wash. -- The family of a murdered Highline Community College student, who was trying to leave behind a life of drugs and prostitution, is ramping up the search for her killer.
Jennifer Walstrand, 28, was found dead in her apartment in August.
Her mother, Lori Batinik, said friends and family will be posting Crime Stoppers posters around her neighborhood. They plan to talk to neighbors and nearby businesses, trying to generate leads on a case that is still a mystery, almost two months after Walstrand's death.
"You know, this was a really violent thing, and I understand her lifestyle, but regardless, there was just no sense to this," Batinik said. "There was no reason for it, and it scares me because there is somebody out there who did this and that person is still out there."
"And I'm convinced they'll do it again," she added.
The family has raised $5,000 to add to a $1,000 reward offered by Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound for any information leading to an arrest.
Police spokesman Bob Collins said lab results on evidence recovered at the scene is still pending, though they have been following leads from computer and cell phone records.
Walstrand also went by the names “Roxie” and “Face.”
In a statement, Des Moines Police said they "understand individuals may be reluctant to come forward. We want to emphasize our focus is on this violent crime and not on any alleged prostitution activity. We are determined to identify and bring to justice the person or persons responsible."
Anyone with information related to this case is encouraged to call "Crime Stoppers" at 1-800-222-TIPS or 206-343-2020.
Anonymous information can also be sent online to Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound web site or by texting "TIP486" to 274637 (Crimes).”
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