A Weld County grand jury will investigate the death of Jonelle Matthews, whose remains were found last year after she went missing more than three decades ago in Greeley, according to the district attorney’s office.
The grand jury will investigate the cold case with the assistance of the Weld County District Attorney’s Office and the Greeley Police Department.
Matthews went missing from her Greeley home on Dec. 20, 1984, when she was 12 years old.
On July 24, 2019, her remains were found in a rural field in Weld County.
Over the years, investigators have pursued hundreds of leads in a cold case that is familiar to longtime Greeley-area residents.
President Ronald Reagan mentioned Jonelle’s disappearance. Her parents, Jim and Gloria, appeared on national television pleading for help; and thousands of reward posters of the girl were produced and distributed.
Jonelle was last seen when she was dropped off at her home about 8:30 p.m. by a friend and a friend’s father. She had performed with seventh-grade classmates at a middle school choir concert before her disappearance.
No further information on the case was released Tuesday.
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