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OSBI Reveals New Evidence and Increased Reward in Moore Cold Case


OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) revealed a new piece of evidence and an increased reward that they hope will help them to solve a 34-year-old cold case.

"I am begging you, please come forward," said Cindy Young, Tracey Neilson's younger sister. "Please just do the right thing because it is the right thing to do."

An emotional plea for answers from the sister of 21-year-old University of Oklahoma student Tracey Neilson who was stabbed to death inside her Moore apartment on January 5, 1981. 

"Tracey was just the kind of girl that everybody would like to be," said Young. "She was a cheerleader. She was athletic. She was salutatorian. She was beautiful. She had everything going for her."

Neilson's husband of five months, Jeff Neilson, found Tracey dead from multiple stab wounds at about 5 p.m. on January 5, 1981. It was Tracey Neilson's 21st birthday. Now 34 years later, the brutal murder of Neilson remains unsolved. 

"It has been very difficult for my family, especially my parents. It changed everything for them," said Young. "Whoever killed Tracey has no idea how many lives they affected that day."

To date, dozens of OSBI Agents and Moore Police Detectives have exhausted more than 1,500 leads. And the key piece of evidence, a fingerprint left at the scene, remains unidentified. However, an amended state statute is allowing the OSBI to bring a new piece of the evidence to the public. 

"It is a crucial piece of evidence that could bring new life to this case," said OSBI Director Stan Florence. "For decades, we have worked to identify the owner of a cable trouble assignment book. The last ticket from this book is from work at Tracey's home at 11:51 a.m. on the morning that she was murdered. On the bottom corner of the book, there is a box for the employee name. We want to identify the three letters written in that box." (See Below)

And to motivate those who might know something to come forward, together authorities and the Neilson family are offering an $11,000 reward for any information that might help authorities solve the cold case. 

"We have not only had to live the last 34 years without her, her beautiful smile and sweet personality, but we have had to live with the fact that we may never know who took her life that day," said Young. "And we have to wonder everyday how they could do that, and why they would do that."

A call to the public to speak up. A call for help that Young hopes will bring piece and closure to their family. 

"It is time for us to finally be set free from the agony of not knowing," said Young. "I just ask that if you know anything or if you did it, just please come forward. Please help us."

If anyone has information about this ticket book or anything relevant to this case, contact the OSBI at 1-800-522-8017....

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