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National Newspaper Plans Full-Page Ad for Murdered Mother

Posted June 24, 2007

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— A national newspaper hopes a full page ad will help Raleigh police solve the murder of a pregnant woman.

USA Today plans to run the ad Monday requesting information in the death of Jenna Nielsen. The 22-year-old was killed more than a week ago in Raleigh.

Nielsen worked as a paper carrier for USA Today to earn extra money. A Raleigh police officer found her body around 5 a.m. on June 14 behind a convenience store.

She was likely killed between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. when the store was closed, investigators said. She apparently was stabbed in the neck, according to a preliminary report from the state medical examiner's office.

Nielsen was buried Saturday in Salt Lake City near where she lived before she and her husband, Tim, moved to Fuquay-Varina last August. The couple already had two young children before her death. She was also eight months pregnant.


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  • mrs. me Jun 25, 2007

    By the way jj31 - if you know so much: look over the comments on www.justice4jenna.org. Jenna's mother made several comments about USA Today on June 20 that blow your statements right out of the water!
    And surely she would know about this even more than you or I! And I can assure YOU that Jenna's family is united in the feelings Mrs. Blaine has conveyed.

  • mrs. me Jun 25, 2007

    Well jj31, I worked at the N&O for years & when my shift was over at 2 AM, I was afraid to even cross the parking lot alone to get to my car. You are right that people who work at night need to be extra careful. You just never know what's out there. However, I know this family & I know some details that you may not. USA Today is another big corporation that tends to treat people as numbers. USA Today did not step up to the plate, the family had to approach them first. And if you think that for safety's sake they would consider paying for carriers to ride in teams, think again!!!!!

    mrs. me

  • jj31 Jun 25, 2007

    mrs. me I work for USA Today. I can assure you that USA Today had already planed to give money to a fund for her children the day she was killed. It wasn't announced what their plans were until a few days later because they had not determined how much that would be. They were initially planning on setting up a trust fund themselves for them. But decided to put it in the one that the family had already set up. It was not because of public scrutiny. USA Today gave $5,000 and Gannett the parent company of USA Today gave $10,000.
    I really hope they catch the creep who did this. It makes all of us a little worried when we are out just trying to do our jobs at that time of night.

  • mebell31 Jun 25, 2007

    May God bless her family and children.

  • Trixie Jun 25, 2007

    I have a bad feeling that they're not going to get ths guy. I think he's long gone. It makes me sick because he will most likely kill again.

  • LADY1 Jun 25, 2007

    A person can't even go or do anything by themselves, mostly at night, God help this family find the killer.

  • Jokers Wild Jun 25, 2007

    Such a tragic case. I agree that this case and the one with the Ohio woman are sensless murders! Maybe one day Human-Kind will wake up and see that we are our worst enemy!

  • Autofreak1986 Jun 25, 2007

    This is just wrong. I couldn't get anything done for the past two weeks because of this. I sure hope they catch the hoodlum that did this. I thought of a friend I met at the bus terminal last year two weeks ago when this story hit, but to no avail (she wasn't the one involved). I don't EVER want to hear another "violence towards women" story again. That's the 6th this year. Let's all just do the favor of keeping Ms. Nielsen in our prayers and hope that her killer is arrested once and for ALL.

  • uncalumni02 Jun 25, 2007

    I hope they find the person who did this to her!

  • lboy Jun 25, 2007

    Everyone can help. Go to http://www.justice4jenna.org and print a flyer or 1000. Pass them out, get the word out. Anything and everything is truly appreciated.