State Police: Despite Nearly 2,000 Leads, Seneca County Cold Case Remains Unsolved

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A 20-year-old college student from Minnesota was found stabbed to death in a Seneca County corn field 31 years ago, and today State Police are still trying to find her killer – or killers.

Kristin O’Connell of Burnsville, Minn. was visiting a friend in Ovid when she was killed.

Around 11 p.m. on Aug. 14, 1985, she left what police described as a gathering at the friend’s home and took a walk.

When she didn’t return, her friends looked for her, and then reported her disappearance to State Police the next morning.

O’Connell was found in a field off of West Seneca Street on Aug. 16.

A number of people told State Police that they saw O’Connell walking along County Route 139, and others say they saw her talking to someone in a vehicle stopped along the roadway.

She was later seen walking in the direction of a trailer, with two men following 30 feet behind her.

Neither the vehicle, nor the men have been identified.

State Police say nearly 2,000 leads have been investigated.

If you have any information that might help police in their investigation into the cold-case homicide, call (585) 398-4100.

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