The question of who killed a young Moore woman more than 34 years ago still remains unanswered.
But Friday afternoon, OSBI agents revealed new details involving the stabbing death of 21-year-old Tracey Neilson.
Tracey’s husband found her dead inside their home.
He spoke publicly for the first time Friday as investigators revealed a crucial piece of evidence that’s missing – a keychain the killer likely took from Tracey’s home 34 years ago.
It should have been a day of celebration.
January 5, 1981, was Tracy Neilson’s 21st birthday.
Instead, it was the most tragic of days.
Her husband, Jeff, found her stabbed to death in their apartment in Moore.
“With Tracey’s death there’s a huge emotional burden that’s placed on the family, the extended family, and everyone her life touched,” Dr. Jeff Neilson said.
Jeff was in Oklahoma City buying Tracey a bottle of perfume when she was murdered.
“I think that it’s likely this was a random event, and I don’t know where the rage came from,” Neilson said.
Investigators have chased more than 1,600 leads with no luck, but there are a couple of clues they say could lead to the killer.
First, a Southwestern Bell ticket book found inside the apartment, and the last ticket was for work on Tracey’s cable the morning she was killed.
Initials or a name written at the bottom could provide some answers, but agents have been unable to identify that person.
Something that wasn’t found was Tracey’s keys.
The tortoise colored key ring had her name on it.
“Killers sometimes will take items of evidence or personal belongings from their victims and we believe the killer very likely took this key ring and also very well may still have it,” OSBI Director Stan Florence said.
Agents and Tracey’s family are holding out hope someone recognizes that key ring to finally get some answers in a case that’s stayed cold too long.
“There’s someone in the country, someone who knows right now, and we need to coax them to come forward and make it right,” Florence said.
Jeff Neilson and Tracey’s family have pitched in more money to try to get someone to come forward
They’re now offering a $100,000 reward for anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of Tracey’s killer.
If you have information on the case, call the OSBI Hotline 1 (800) 522-8017.