23-Aug-87 14:29 MST Sb: APny 08/22 0022 NYS Briefs OVID, N.Y. (AP) - A Minnesota couple, w
23-Aug-87 14:29 MST
Sb: APny 08/22 0022 NYS Briefs
OVID, N.Y. (AP) -- A Minnesota couple, whose 20-year-old daughter, Kristen
O'Connell, was murdered in upstate New York two years ago, have hired two
Midwest psychics to seek clues to the killer's identity.
The couple, Michael and Phyllis O'Connell, of Burnsville, Minn., returned to
Seneca County last weekend with the psychics and retraced their daughter's steps
in the days leading up to her death.
"The information they have supplied us with thus far has provided a couple of
very strong leads, and we hope this will be resolved within a short period of
time," said Michael O'Connell, an executive with Pillsbury Co. in Minneapolis.
Kristen O'Connell was visiting a friend in Ovid two summers ago, when, after
a party Aug. 16, 1985, she went for a walk and never returned. Her nude body was
discovered in a cornfield that same day. Her throat had been slashed.
"We want this solved, and are always looking for something else we can do,"
A reward of $1,200 is still being offered for information leading to the
arrest and conviction of the college sophomore's killer.
The psychics, who asked not to be identified, said they have assisted several
other police investigations.
"The feelings and psychic impressions in this area are as strong as they were
two years ago," one of them said after visiting several spots in the county. "My
impression is that there are people who have substantial knowledge of this
Reports from the psychics will be reviewed with state police and Edward
Beaufort-Cutner Investigations Inc., a private investigatins firm from Buffalo
that is working on the case full-time, O'Connell said.
State Police Investigator Fred Noyes said police are still interviewing
people and have some leads. "This case is by no means closed," he said.
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