Des Moines Police Seeking Help In Homicide Of Jennifer Walstrand
On Wednesday (Sept. 8th), the Des Moines Police Department announced that it was seeking the public’s help in the homicide investigation of Jennifer Walstrand, who was found dead in her apartment in the 24000 block of 25th Ave South on Aug. 31st (read our previous coverage here and here).
According to police, Jennifer had a long history of prostitution, and used the pseudonyms “Roxie” or “Face.”
Investigators believe this was not a random act. The victim was currently involved in a dating service, which included use of the internet to arrange and meet dates (aka “clients”). A motive for the murder has not been established.
Evidence recovered from the scene is being analyzed, which includes computer and cell phone records. Detectives are active on the case and numerous calls with information are being received.
The Des Moines Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance with this case, and are especially interested in internet and cell phone record information. People voluntarily coming forward with information will aid the investigation.
DMPD also adds:
“The Des Moines Police understand individuals may be reluctant to come forward.
We want to emphasize our focus is on this violent crime and not on any alleged prostitution activity.
We are determined to identify and bring to justice the person or persons responsible.
It would be especially helpful for anyone who has had recent contact with the victim to come forward.”
Information can be reported anonymously. Anyone who believes they have information related to this case can contact “Crime Stoppers” at 1-800-222-TIPS or 206-343-2020. Information can also be received online at the “Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound” website or by texting “TIP486” and sending your tip to 274637 (Crimes).
The King County Medical Examiner’s Office has positively identified Jennifer Walstrand as the victim of a homicide discovered on August 31, 2010. She was also known to use the names “Roxie” and “Face.” The victim was found at her residence in the 24000 block of 25th Ave. South.