Each victim is a face frozen in time, haunting investigators whose job it is to bring their killers to justice decades after the trail has gone cold.
The Gazette in cooperation with the Colorado Springs Police Department runs a weekly feature called “The Cold Case Files.” The Colorado Springs Police Department Homicide Cold Case Unit is currently responsible for approximately 90 unsolved homicide cases dating back to 1949. CSPD considers a case to be cold if it remains unsolved for more than one year. If you have any information that would be of assistance in these investigations, please contact 719-444-7613, by e-mail at CSPDColdCase@springsgov.com or you may remain anonymous and could earn a cash reward by calling Crime Stoppers at 634-STOP (7867).
The victim: Rodney Kirschenman, 24, who had recently moved to Colorado Springs from Minnesota. He had been staying with friends at 716 E. Costilla St.
File number: 91-5797
The crime: Around 7 a.m. on Feb. 17, 1991, a security guard found Kirschenman’s body next to railroad tracks near the Martin Drake Power Plant between South Conejos and Las Animas streets southwest of downtown Colorado Springs. He had been strangled, an autopsy found, and there were cuts on his wrists and significant bruising on the face and body. The body had been stripped of all clothing.
The investigation: Around 8:30 p.m. the night before, Kirschenman left the apartment where he was staying to walk to Monty’s Tavern, then located on South Tejon Street. He is believed to have been wearing a navy blue, corduroy Camel cigarettes ball cap; a gray nylon vest over a blue denim jacket; a gray long-sleeve sweater with two red stripes on the bottom; dark blue stone-washed jeans; tan tennis shoes with Velcro straps; and a Seiko watch. The clothing and watch have never been located. No suspects were named and no arrests made.