Law enforcement hopes to revive interest in a northeast Nebraska murder case grown cold after 13 years.
Investigators first thought 54-year-old Jeanne Kassebaum had accidently drowned in the bathtub of her West Point home on August 21st of 1999. An autopsy revealed she had been strangled to death. Not enough evidence could be gathered to charge anyone, though it did point to some persons of interest. Leads eventually dried up.
Nebraska State Patrol investigator Melanie Lueders hopes information from the public can provide new leads.
“I strongly believe and I know the agency believes that there are people out there that have information that could help us resolve this case and bring closure to the family,” Lueders tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Any member of the public who believes they have any information that might be helpful is asked to contact authorities.
“I would just appreciate any phone calls on any information, no matter how small they think the information may be,” Lueders says. “Please call, because you just never know.”
If you have information, call the Crime Stoppers number at 1-800-422-1492 or visit the Nebraska Crime Stoppers website. Tips can be left anonymously. Useful tips could qualify for a $1,000 cash reward.
Kassebaums’ picture and information about her death is featured in the first edition of the Nebraska State Patrol “Cold Case Playing Cards”. To view a deck of the cards, visit the Nebraska State Patrol website statepatrol.nebraska.gov/ColdCasePlayingCards.aspx