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Cold case: Mom, 2 children strangled to death in 1985

Cassandra Rundle and her two children, 12-year-old Detrick and 10-year-old Melanie, were found dead in the 37-year-old's home.
Credit: CBI
Cassandra Rundle and her two children were found dead in her Colorado Springs home in 1985. The case remains unsolved.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Officers need help solving the murder of 37-year-old mother Cassandra Rundle and her two children, who were found dead in her Colorado Springs home in 1985.

Officers responded to Rundle's home on Feb. 14 and found Rundle, 12-year-old Detrick Sturm, and 10-year-old Melanie Sturm dead inside, according to Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD).

All three victims were strangled to death, according to the El Paso County Coroner's Office. They also determined Rundle and her daughter were sexually assaulted.

Investigators said they have not developed any substantive leads despite hundreds of interviews with witnesses, potential witnesses, and persons of interest.

"This crime emotionally crippled not only the family members of the beloved victims but the families’ neighborhood and our entire community," CSPD said in a statement.

Anyone with information is urged to contact CSPD cold case detectives at (719) 444-7000.

You can also remain anonymous by submitting tips through Pikes Peak Area Crime Stoppers and be eligible for a reward. You can contact them at 719-634-7867 or submit tips online.

Pikes Peak Area Crime Stoppers exists to aid in reducing the crime rate in the Pikes Peak Region — El Paso and Teller Counties in Colorado — by helping law enforcement agencies solve the crime and bring fugitives to justice.  

More information about Pikes Peak Crime Stoppers can be found here. 

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