Murder suspect once worked in printing industry

Police revealed Tuesday they believe the man suspected in the 1975 stabbing deaths of a Grand Junction mother and daughter worked in the printing industry during his time here in town.

Grand Junction police spokeswoman Kate Porras said detectives don’t know the name of the business where 64-year-old Jerry Nemnich worked, what job he held or when he worked there. They hope to learn that information with the help of the public.

“We’re trying to put together a more solid timeline of when he was here,” Porras said.

Porras said detectives learned about Nemnich’s line of work in Grand Junction through the investigation, declining to be more specific.

Nemnich, a long-haul trucker who most recently lived in Longmont, was arrested in April in connection with the deaths of 24-year-old Linda Benson and her 5-year-old daughter,
Kelley. The two were found dead inside their apartment on July 25, 1975. Police used DNA evidence to link Nemnich to the murders.

Tuesday marked the first time police have publicly acknowledged they believe Nemnich lived or worked in Grand Junction around the time of the murders and one of the few times they have offered insight into Nemnich.

The arrest affidavit, along with a series of court motions filed in the case, remains sealed.

The Daily Sentinel has reported previously on Nemnich’s extensive criminal history, including a 1964 case in which he wrote a bad check toward the purchase of a car at a Grand Junction dealership.

Porras said detectives, after issuing an appeal for information last month, have spoken with people who say they knew Nemnich, although she declined to say how many. They’re still looking for anyone who knew Nemnich through personal, business or social contact in or around 1975.

“We’re just at a point where we’re going to go and put out another appeal for public information,” she said.

Police ask anyone with information to call (970) 244-3568.


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