The DuPage Sheriff's Cold Case Unit has selected some unsolved murder cases for review because investigators believe they can be solved with the help of forensic science and the community.
This week we profile Kristina Wesselman's case: A 15-year-old girl from unincorporated Glen Ellyn who was raped and murdered on her way home from the grocery store. Wesselman was a student at Glenbard South High School and very active in school sports and activities.
On the 26th anniversary of Wesselman's murder, her mother Sandy Wesselman and the DuPage County Sheriff's office held a press conference to release new information to the public in hopes that someone with information about the murderer would come forward. According to a Chicago Sun-Times article written in 2011 after the press conference:
" [Sandy Wesselman] spoke as DuPage County sheriff’s police disclosed a new piece of evidence they believe could help them solve Kristy’s murder and offered a reward of up to $10,000 for information about the notorious killing.
The Glenbard South High School student was wearing an antique pearl ring with a gold mounting when she was raped and murdered on July 21, 1985 as she walked through a field on her way home from a nearby grocery store, Sgt. Robert Harris said. Her ring — size 4 1/2 with a small chip in the pearl— was never recovered and was taken by the killer, said Harris, who heads the sheriff’s department cold case unit.
Sandy Wesselman pleaded for anyone with information about her daughter’s murder — particularly anyone who may seen the ring following her killing — to contact police.
“There’s a man out there who thinks he got away with murder,” Wesselman said. “Please help us take away his dream. He stole all of Kristy’s.” "
If you have any information regarding this case, call the DuPage Sheriff's Office at 630-407-2400 and ask for the Cold Case Unit.