Who was Jonelle Matthews? Bio, Wiki, Age, Murder, Suspect, Police

Jonelle Matthews
Jonelle Matthews

Jonelle Matthews Bio – Jonelle Matthews Wiki

Jonelle Matthews was a 12-year-old American girl who disappeared near Greeley, Colorado, on December 20, 1984. Her remains were discovered on July 24, 2019, by construction workers putting in a new pipeline 15 mi (24 km) from her home.

AGE:

Jonelle Matthews was 12 years old.

DETAIL OF INCIDENCE:

On October 13, 2020, Steven Pankey was indicted on charges of murdering and kidnapping Matthews. The following extradition from Idaho, Pankey made his first appearance in a Colorado courtroom in Greeley on October 30, 2020.[5]

Pankey’s trial began on Thursday, October 14, 2021, and ended in a mistrial three weeks later, on November 4, 2021.

It was December 1984 when 12-year-old Jonelle Matthews vanished from her family’s Greeley, Colorado home. The only evidence left behind was shoeprints in the snow – shoeprints someone tried to erase with a garden rake. The case drew national attention.
More than three decades later, in 2019, Jonelle’s body was found by a crew digging a pipeline. In 2020, Steven Pankey, who says he never met Jonelle, was charged with murder after repeatedly making public statements that inserted him into the case, including drawing up a list of persons of interest with his name on it. Pankey went on trial in October 2021.

Anthony Viorst, Pankey’s former attorney, says Pankey craves attention but is not a murderer.

“[T]here’s no indication that he committed this murder, no indication that he had anything to do with burying the body. Mr. Pankey wanted to be a person of interest. … Mr. Pankey loves the limelight … all of the statements that he has made about his culpability have been, ‘I didn’t do it,'” Viorst told “48 hours” correspondent Richard Schlesinger as he prepped for the trial.

At trial, Viorst told the jury that Pankey was a true-crime junkie. And Pankey himself took the stand.

“It was just me trying to be a big man, be in the case, OK? I had no knowledge,” Pankey said.

“It began as a series of lies, and it got bigger and bigger over the years,” Pankey told the jury. “One lie leads to another.”

If Pankey didn’t kill Jonelle Matthews, then who did?

A HAUNTING CASE
It had been nearly four decades since Jonelle Matthews was kidnapped from her home and murdered. Now, her parents were finally in a courtroom, desperate for answers. JIM MATTHEWS | Jonelle’s father [on the witness stand]: She could have been lured out of the house and gullible because she was 12 years old.

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