Authorities Follow New Lead In Jennifer Wilkerson Case - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/10/06

Authorities Follow New Lead In Jennifer Wilkerson Case

For the first time in nearly two years, authorities have evidence that could provide new leads in the search for Jennifer Wilkerson. Wilkerson has been missing since July 2004.

Friday, cadaver dogs were used to assist the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office, the Texas Rangers and the DPS crime lab in a search for Wilkerson's body. The search focused on a 160 acre property northwest of Reese Technology Center on Highway 114 and Farm to Market 2378.

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Timeline of Jennifer Wilkerson's Disappearance
This is not the first time authorities have searched for Jennifer Wilkerson.

According to Capt. Kevin Overstreet with LSO, it was the biggest lead in the Jennifer Wilkerson case since she went missing almost two years ago.

"What we're doing is following up on some information concerning the Wilkerson case," said Capt. Overstreet.

LSO heard from a confidential source that this farm house in West Lubbock county was where they would find the remains of the young woman. "I would say it's a significant lead and hopefully we can develop something as a result of the evidence we've taken from the scene," said Overstreet.

Investigators marked points of interest with dozens of flags and markers to pin-point any scrap of evidence that would help them solve this case once and for all. And after nine hours of searching, investigators called it quits, and the mystery of Jennifer Wilkerson goes on.

"We did take some trace evidence off the property and it will be sometime in the near future when we can make a determination on what it is and how it can assist us," said Overstreet

A body was never found, but sheriff's are not giving up. Instead, they are taking the evidence they collected and going back to the drawing board. "There's been a lot of work done on this case and there's still a lot of work that needs to be done, but we're going to get there," said Overstreet.

The last tenant at the house authorities were searching is Richard Boozer. The 36-year-old has been in jail on drug charges since last month. He is not considered a suspect.

Investigators also tell us this case is not related to the disappearance of Joanna Rogers. Rosendo Rodriguez has been named as a suspect in that case although he has not been charged. He is, however, charged with the murder of Summer Baldwin.

Links to Joanna Rogers/Jennifer Lynn Wilkerson Websites
Get the latest news and information on the search for both Joanna Kathryn Rogers and Jennifer Lynn Wilkerson.

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