Cable receipt book critical evidence

Ponca City Now - January 8, 2015 7:35 am

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation continues its search for information that could solve a 34-year-old murder case in Moore.

Tracey Neilson was stabbed to death in her Moore apartment on Jan. 5, 1981, her 21st birthday.

For decades, agents have worked to identify the owner of a cable trouble assignment ticket book.

The last ticket in the book is for work at Tracey’s home at 11:51 the morning she was murdered. On the bottom left corner of the book is a box for the employee name. The OSBI wants to identify the three letters written in that box.

For Ponca City resident Pam Childs, the pain of the murder has never gone away. Childs said Neilson was her best friend, pledge sister, roommate and she married a friend of Childs’ from Altus.

"There’s not a day goes by that I don’t think of my dear friend and her life taken from her so young. Please keep her family in your prayers," Childs said.

Childs said the ticket book evidence is important because in the early ’80s cable companies were being bought and sold, and sub-contractors were often used for service calls.

"This was before computers and everything was hand written with poor record keeping," she said.

The ticket book bears no company identification that would pinpoint who that worker was.

OSBI is also offering up to a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who killed Tracey. The Moore Police Department is putting in another $1,000 and Tracey’s family is offering an additional $5,000 for a total reward of up to $11,000.

If anyone has information relevant to this case, please call the OSBI hotline at 1-800-522-8017 or the Moore Police Department.


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