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Aug 6th, 2010

“Solve My Mystery: The True Story of Chris Jenkins”

NBC’s Dateline Covers Chris Jenkins Murder Mystery

Chris Jenkins

By Jana Shortal
KARE 11 News
August 6, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS — NBC’s Dateline, a news magazine television show, devoted a full hour Friday night to the murder mystery of Chris Jenkins.

Jenkins was a student at the University of Minnesota when he went missing on Halloween night, in downtown Minneapolis, in 2002.

The show revisited the case in depth, from the night Chris went missing in 2002 until the present day.

Chris’ parents, Steve and Jan Jenkins flew to New York on Thursday to promote the story on Friday’s NBC Today Show.

Steve Jenkins said he was approached to do this story nearly two years ago by a Dateline producer but said no.

He later changed his mind when he was told the special would devote an entire hour to telling more about Chris’ life.

Jan Jenkins says she did it for the same reason she continues to speak out about what happened to her son.

After Chris went missing in 2002 police told the family it was either a suicide or an accidental drowning. Chris was found in the Mississippi River four months after he disappeared.

But, Chris’ parents, and friends knew he didn’t take his own life.

In that vain Chris’ parents fought for four years to find his killer.

In 2006 Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan ordered the case be looked into again, and, in that same year he declared it murder and publicly apologized to the Jenkins family.

Since then, the family has tried to stay out of the limelight but with a chance to tell the entire story, to a national audience, from beginning to end it was nearly impossible to pass up.

“If we save one life, if we keep one family from the hell this causes, it will be worth it,” Jan Jenkins said.

As of today the Chris Jenkins murder case remains open in the Minneapolis Police Homicide unit, and, has investigators assigned to it.

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What happened to Chris Jenkins?

Dateline presents: A new kind of mystery story, which unfolds unlike any other. A college senior named Chris Jenkins is murdered on a chilly Halloween night. Now he comes alive to tell his own story, reconstructing the case in his own words.

Solve My Mystery on Facebook

The investigation

Video: Private investigator Chuck Loesch takes us through the first 48 hours of his search for Chris Jenkins. Watch here.

Video: Inside the frantic search to find Chris Jenkins. Watch here.

Video: Police Chief Tim Dolan reflects on the case. Watch here.

Related links

Jenkins family website

Jenkins family ‘Footprints of Courage’ on Facebook


Topical reports on this site

Missing Person Brandon Swanson (March 8, 2011)


Tipline: 507 694-1664

Age: 19
Vanished: 5/14/2009
From: Taunton, MN
Height: 5’6″
Weight: 125 lbs
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Brown


Josh Guimond: New Developments (May 24, 2010)

What happened to Josh Guimond?

Guimond: “Justice for Josh” March (Nov. 9, 2009)

On Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009, Guimond family members and supporters led by Josh’s grandfather, Bob Guimond, approach St. John’s University along County Road 159 to commemorate the 7th anniversary of Josh’s disappearance from campus, following which they delivered an urgent petition for stepped-up efforts in the investigation to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Department.

Missing Person Joshua Guimond (Nov. 7, 2009)

Justice for Josh Fund, United Minnesota Bank, 105 Central Ave, P.O. Box 289, New London, MN 56273

Bank contact: Barb Hjelle, phone (320) 354-2277

Please make checks payable to ‘Justice for Josh Fund’


FROM THE ARCHIVES: One Year Ago — August 6, 2009

Michele Bachmann’s Greatest Hits

Best of Bachmann (MSNBC, Aug. 5, 2009) — “Countdown” looks at how Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) may easily win reelection in 2010. Keith Olbermann reports. (04:36)

One year ago today, I featured a video montage of the bizarre Rep. Michele Bachmann’s more memorable televised statements of the past year, set to the soundtrack of “Crazy” by Gnarls Barkley.


FROM THE ARCHIVES: Two Years Ago — August 6, 2008

Sgt. John Kriesel, right, plays a card game with his two sons, Elijah, left, and Broden, at their home in Cottage Grove, Minn., Monday, April 7, 2008. Kriesel lost both of his legs in a roadside bomb attack while patrolling near Fallujah, Iraq in December 2006.
Sgt. John Kriesel plays cards with his two sons, Elijah (left) and Broden at their home in Cottage Grove, Minn., April 7, 2008. Kriesel lost both of his legs in a roadside bomb attack while patrolling near Fallujah, Iraq in December 2006. (Photo credit: Jae C. Hong / The Associated Press)

On the Campaign Trail: Day 23

Two years ago today, on the 23rd day of my 2008 campaign against incumbent U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann for the Republican nomination in Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District, I provided a forum for Sauk Rapids resident Jason Krueger, Minnesota representative for the Fluoride Action Network, to express his views on the issue of water fluoridation. I also posted a public service announcement to help draw attention to the sacrifice of National Guard citizen soldiers serving in Iraq and the families they leave behind.

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