Inside the Evidence: A mother on a mission

July 26, 2019 07:00 AM

OVID, N.Y. (WHEC) — A Minnesota mother is not giving up. Phyllis O'Connell's daughter Kristin was killed in the Finger Lakes 34 years ago. The killer has never been caught. 

"I never will give up hope," Phyllis said. 


Kristin O'Connell was brutally killed in Ovid, Seneca County back in August of 1985. She had traveled from Minnesota to Ovid to visit a young man she met while on spring break. 

Kristin, a 20-year-old college student from a suburb of Minneapolis, would never come home. After going for a late-night walk alone on County Road 139, she was found dead in a cornfield. State police say she was found naked with her bloody clothes nearby. Her throat had been slashed. 

"She went up there," Phyllis said. "She was there for two days, went out for a walk and is brutally murdered. I know there's a lot of people probably know who did this, but they won't come forward." 

State police say two men were spotted following Kristin that night she went for a walk. They've never been identified. 

Coming up Friday night, News10NBC uncovered archive footage that hasn't been seen in decades including an interview with Kristin's late father moments after he found out his daughter was dead. 

You'll also hear how state police believe they could solve this case. Watch our exclusive Inside the Evidence report Friday at 11 p.m. on News10NBC. 

Click here to watch our first story on Kristin O'Connell. 

Click here to hear the anonymous call made to state police days after the murder. 

WEB EXTRA: Click here to watch the story News10NBC aired the day Kristin was found dead. 

If you have any information on this homicide call State Police at (585) 398-4300.


Nikki Rudd

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