Shot in the Dark

A brunette woman face down in a pool of blood with a newspaper in the background
Sheriff's officers responded to a report of shots fired at the local newspaper office. Was someone upset about news coverage, or was the motive more personal?
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Security video

YCSD investigators located video of a person of interest at the time of the murder.

Kenzie Walker interview

Kenzie Walker reportedly was with Melvin Roberts shortly after Monica Drum was killed.

Jessica Shaffer bio

Investigators researched the background of Jessica Shaffer, named as a beneficiary of Monica's will.

Ballistics analysis

The lab analyzed evidence collected from the crime scene and from Mr. Roberts.

Melvin Roberts evaluation

The county mental health service evaluated Melvin Roberts at the sheriff's department's request.

Rick Hughes pens letter

Rick Hughes addresses the community about his involvement in the Monica Drum murder.

About the current investigationWhen self-described hiker Mark Ethridge walked into those woods, a body wrapped in a tarp wasn't what he was looking for.

He could tell the young woman with pink hair was dead, so he called 911.

Was this woman killed in the woods, or was her body just dumped there? And who wanted her dead?

Ready to get started? Check out the Wild Jasmine Case Introduction and Case Recap. Then review the Latest Case Information.

How to navigate Crime Scene casesThe Wild Jasmine case documents are presented in reverse chronological order in the Case Files.

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The Wild Jasmine investigation began on Monday, May 20, 2024, and will run for about five weeks.

 

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