Investigators: $100,000 reward offered for arrest of suspect in 34-year-old cold case & new details


Tracey Neilson

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MOORE, Okla. – The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is expected to reveal more evidence in a 34-year-old cold case.

On January 5, 1981, Tracey Neilson’s husband found her dead inside of their apartment at the Jamestown Square Apartments in Moore.  It was her 21st birthday.

OSBI investigators say Tracey was ironing shirts and was watching television when someone came to the door. Investigators just released a new crime scene photograph. (see picture on the right)

Courtesy OSBI. Crime Scene photograph from 1981. Tracey Neilson's appartment
Courtesy OSBI. Crime Scene photograph from 1981. Tracey Neilson’s apartment

Investigators say Tracey had been stabbed numerous times.

During the next 34 years, investigators say they followed more than 1,600 leads, but with no luck.

In the past few years, the OSBI says they began a new cold case initiative which helped them determine new evidence existed in this case.

In January, the OSBI shared a crucial piece of evidence with the public, hoping it would spawn new leads pointing to the killer.

Ticket book found in Tracey's apartment, Courtesy: OSBI
Ticket book found in Tracey’s apartment, Courtesy: OSBI

They released a cable ticket book found inside Tracey’s home.

The last ticket in the book is for work on her cable before noon the morning she was killed.

At the time, the OSBI hadn’t been able to figure out which cable company went out to Tracey’s home.

After dozens of tips, investigators say they have learned the ticket book belonged to a Southwestern Bell employee.




Authorities are also searching for a keyring that was taken from the crime scene.

It is a simple key ring that read, “Tracey.”

Police sketch of Tracey Neilson's key chain. OSBI Forensic Artist Harvey Pratt
Police sketch of Tracey Neilson’s key chain. OSBI Forensic Artist Harvey Pratt

On Friday, OSBI officials announced that a $100,000 reward is being offered for the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for Tracey’s death.

If you have any information on Tracey’s death, please call 1-800-522-8017.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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