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Why Kelly Siegler Was "Pleasantly Surprised" By Victim's Friends and Family in Upcoming Episode

The former prosecutor is headed to Abilene to work with the local police on a beloved reporter's 2002 cold case murder.

By Cydney Contreras

Kelly Siegler is giving credit where it's due.

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In an upcoming episode of Cold Justice, Siegler joins the Abilene Police Department (A.P.D.) to help investigate the cold case murder of reporter Jennifer Servo, who was found dead in her bathtub in 2002. Along with A.P.D. Detective Jeff Cowan and Detective Shawn Montgomery, the Cold Justice team reviewed the case for potential new angles and spoke with those who knew Servo best, moving the investigation forward for the first time in years.

Ahead of the episode, titled "The Reporter," Siegler told Oxygen.com about how she learned of the case and what she took away from her time working with the A.P.D.

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How Cold Justice Joined the Investigation

The team behind Cold Justice learns of cold cases in multiple ways, sometimes through social media or through viewer submissions. But this time it was different.

"I first heard of this case years ago when we approached the Abilene Police Department about working a case with them," Siegler shared. "Then at Crimecon last year, a podcaster mentioned it again and we were at that time actively working on the case and so excited to get to do so because it is such a priority in Taylor County, Texas."

The Value of Community

Once Siegler joined the investigation, she became acquainted with the many people who knew and loved Jennifer Servo. These conversations proved to be incredibly helpful to the team as they determined where to focus their investigation.

"Talking to so many of Jennifer Servo’s co-workers from the journalism world and to her friends from Montana was so encouraging because they all truly wanted to help and tried their hardest to be as cooperative as possible. That is always where cold cases begin and end — with the world of witnesses the victim surrounded herself with at the time the murder happened. And in this case, that world could not have been any better for our purposes," Siegler said. 

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Considering the murder took place more than 20 years ago, it wouldn't have been surprising for people's memories to fade with time — but that wasn't necessarily the case.

"I think we were all pleasantly surprised that so many co-workers and friends had so much more information to share than we thought they would have going in," Siegler said. 

A Reminder to Women

After concluding her investigation, Siegler was reminded of the power of women's intuition. She urged viewers: "To the women out there, when you or someone you know meets a guy who comes on too strong and gets too involved in your business too quickly and gives you a bad feeling or those close to you try to warn you, LISTEN to those signs. Run."

To see what Siegler and the detectives uncovered while working on the Jennifer Servo case, watch Cold Justice, airing Saturday at 8/7c. New episodes are available to stream the next day on Peacock.