Michelle Marie Martinko

Michelle Marie Martinko

Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Iowa, USA
Death 19 Dec 1979 (aged 18)
Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Iowa, USA
Burial Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 104050435 · View Source
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Around 4 a.m. on December 20, 1979, police found 18-year-old Michelle Marie Martinko — her face and chest stabbed repeatedly — in her family's Buick in the Westdale Mall parking lot. The Kennedy High School senior had driven to the newly opened mall after a school choir banquet to shop for a new winter coat.

Wounds on the teen's hands showed she had fought her killer, but she was not sexually assaulted or robbed. Detectives found no weapon or fingerprints to identify her killer.

However, thanks to the advancement of DNA and genetics, on December 19, 2018, exactly thirty-nine years after her murder, police have finally identified her murderer: a 64-year-old male who was 25 years old when the tragedy happened. He was charged with first-degree murder and is waiting for sentencing as of December 21, 2018.

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  • Created by: Jody Ewing
  • Added: 23 Jan 2013
  • Find a Grave Memorial 104050435
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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Michelle Marie Martinko (6 Oct 1961–19 Dec 1979), Find a Grave Memorial no. 104050435, citing Cedar Memorial Park, Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Jody Ewing (contributor 47271115) .