Inside the Evidence: Webster's only cold case

August 10, 2018 11:32 PM

News10NBC is taking you Inside the Evidence. We're going where you can't: inside police investigations of unsolved murders. 

The death of Kelley Gaffield is the Town of Webster's only cold case.


A teen girl was found dead in the woods 23 years ago. Kelley would be 39 years old now, but her life was cut short. She was just 16 years old when she went missing. 

"Kelley was reported as missing and the police began looking," recalled Webster Police Chief Joe Rieger. 

That was back on Aug. 8, 1995. Nearly three months later, Kelley's body was found in some woods near Ridge and Phillips Roads in Webster. 

"We were up in the helicopter, and this is kind of an overview of the area," Chief Rieger explained as he showed News10NBC never before seen pictures of the crime scene. 

The pictures were taken on Oct. 22, 1995, the day Kelley's body was found. 

"You can see there are some open fields.Then there are some woods you have to cut through to get to different locations," said Chief Rieger.

A hunter made the disturbing discovery: a decomposed body. Dental records would be needed to make the positive ID. 

"It's a nightmare," said Chris Reilly, Kelley's mother."It's a nightmare that will last the rest of your life." 

Decades later, this grieving mother still doesn't have answers. She's left wondering what happened to her daughter. 

Kelley had been hanging out with friends the day she went missing, and was spotted with a young man near the woods where she was found. 

News10NBC's Nikki Rudd asked Kelley's aunt, Beverly Brown, if she thinks the killer or killers are still out there. 

"Oh yea," said Brown. "I think probably, the police have already interviewed them."

Webster Police have investigated more than 600 leads in this case. Investigators have never been able to say how Kelley died. However, the family believes she was raped and murdered and more than one person was involved. 

"I think she went with people she knew," said Reilly. 

The family says three of Kelley's ribs were broken, and her body was found partially clothed. 

"I just want justice," said Reilly. "I want answers. That's all."

Chief Rieger says they could be one phone call away from cracking this case. 

"Sometimes it's all it takes. People getting involved," said Rieger. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Webster Police Department or Crime Stoppers at (585) 423-9300. There is a reward for information that leads to an arrest. 

Click here to see our WEB EXTRA of stories we aired back in the 1990s on this case. 


Nikki Rudd

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