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'America's Most Wanted' to Feature Slain Mom's Case

Posted July 6, 2007
Updated July 7, 2007

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— The case of a pregnant woman found slain behind a Raleigh convenience store will be featured on an upcoming episode of the Fox television show "America's Most Wanted."

Jenna Nielsen, 22, of Fuquay-Varina, was stabbed to death sometime in the early morning hours of June 14, Raleigh police said. She was dropping off USA Today papers at the AmeriKing Food Mart on Lake Wheeler Road when she was attacked.

Nielsen had two children and was eight-months pregnant with her third son, Ethen. The boy was due to be born on July 8.

Police have said they have no suspects in the case, but they have released a composite photo of a person of interest.

Investigators say the person is a male in his late teens or early 20s, standing about 5 feet, 3 inches tall and weighing about 120 pounds. He had black hair pulled into a ponytail and wore a dark-colored sleeveless shirt and baggy denim shorts.

Neilsen's family has offered a $10,000 reward in an effort to find her killer, and they have held news conferences and gone on national television to keep the spotlight on the case in an effort to generate leads for police.

"You never know. Somebody out there might see this individual that's in question right now," said Nielsen's father, Kevin Blaine. "I have concerns because it's been three weeks."

"This person killed my wife, killed my son. That's personal," Tim Nielsen said.

Police said the attention is producing tips that investigators are checking. But they have released little information about the case.

"They're not going to tell us anything to jeopardize the case, and I respect that," Blaine said.

The family will be handling out fliers asking for information at Carolina Pines Park at 2305 Lake Wheeler Road on Saturday, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Volunteers are welcome to help distribute fliers, which are printed in both English and Spanish.

"I'm not only worried for our family. I'm worried for everybody else out there in the community right now," Blaine said.

The family also plans to hold a candlelight vigil at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the mall across from the Legislative Building in downtown Raleigh.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Raleigh Police Department's tip line at 919-227-6220.

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  • Tarheeljunior Jul 8, 12:26 a.m.

    Wanted posters have started popping up all over Fuquay with the composite sketch of this creep. I only hope the sketch is accurate and this guy is found. Jenna and Ethan's death has been one of the most tragic things to happen in this otherwise, relatively peaceful town. She and her family deserve justice. If this guy is hiding outside of the areas plastered with his picture, this show should help. Lets just pray that the right person sees the broadcast and turns him in!

  • At Work Jul 7, 5:19 p.m.

    When the killer is caught, he will not be tried for the murder of Jenna's unborn son Ethan.

    North Carolina is one of fourteen states that does not have recognition of a fetal homicide.

    If you would like to see the NC law change, please sign this petition at Justice4Jenna.org or the link below.

    http://www.petitiononline.com/mod_perl/signed.cgi?061407&a mp

    Please sign--- Answer one question What if it were your family!!

  • RoseBud Jul 7, 2:04 p.m.

    Hopefully this will help solve this crime. Maybe someone will realize they hold the missing link, and didn't even know it.
    Somebody somewhere saw something or knows something, and its time to tell. Her family needs justice and she & Ethen DESERVE justice. Also for anyone that hasn't seen the petition for the law changes, please go read it and sign it. We are growing in numbers by the day, but we need every name we can get. PASS IT ON to everyone you know!!

    http://www.petitiononline.com/mod_perl/signed.cgi?061407&1

  • gopanthers Jul 7, 12:55 p.m.

    I watch AMW everyweek - Love the show. I hope I'm able to help out tonight and turn the scumbag in who ever they are. For years watching AMW I'm always for my first time longing to turn someone dirtbag in.

  • Spirit Warrior Woman - Rev. RB Jul 7, 10:49 a.m.

    For the life of me, I can't figure out why there's not the tiniest hint of a perpetrator from this crime. Did they not leave fingerprints? At least on the knife that was found???

    Let's get this person quickly, or they will certainly strike again.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Love Live Life Jul 7, 10:06 a.m.

    I hope the family and authorities are able to find the person that took an innocent person's life.

  • isabella731 Jul 7, 9:42 a.m.

    I've put the link to the petition on the bottom of my email as a signature that appears on every one I send. We need to do everything we can to get the law set so Jenna's murderer will be charged with Ethen's murder as well. I pray to God that this killer will be found soon, but I hope the law is changed before he's charged. Is that being too unrealistic?

  • strolling bones Jul 7, 8:11 a.m.

    Alright laugh is you will but how hard would it be for a group of us to contact and get one of the psychic people to look into this murder? Anyone have any clue how to go about it? I know it sounds crazy but has anything else gotten anywhere? I will loook and try to find out about one of them.

  • atozca Jul 7, 7:52 a.m.

    When the killer is caught, he will not be tried for the murder of Jenna's unborn son Ethan.

    North Carolina is one of fourteen states that does not have recognition of a fetal homicide.

    If you would like to see the NC law change, please sign this petition at Justice4Jenna.org or the link below.

    http://www.petitiononline.com/mod_perl/signed.cgi?061407&a mp;a mp;1

  • albritton76 Jul 7, 7:19 a.m.

    I still think the crime was committed by someone who knew the victim, or by someone at the behest of someone who knew the victim.

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