NEXT AT 6.
AUTHORITIES ARE TAKING ANOTHER LOOK AT A GRANT COUNTY
MAN'S 1976 MURDER.
PASSERS-BY SAW JACK HOWELL'S CAR IN A CORN FIELD,
THE LIGHTS AND ENGINE STILL RUNNING.
AND HIS CASE HAS LONG WENT COLD.
HOWELL'S FAMILY CONTACTED NEWS 3 INVESTIGATES, IN
HOPES JENNIFER HOFF'S 'COLD CASE WISCONSIN'.
CAN LEAD COPS TO THE KILLER.
AUTHORITIES ALWAYS THOUGHT.
THERE WERE TWO SUSPECTS.
ONE WHO DROVE UP BESIDE HOWELL.
ANOTHER TO PULL THE TRIGGER.
BUT LONG AFTER RETIREMENT, THE LEAD INVESTIGATOR EXPLAINS
THE PROBLEMS WITH THE CASE, IN HIS FIRST-EVER TELEVISED
FOR PERRY AHNEN ANN-EN..
PERRY AHNEN RET./GRANT COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE says,
Some patrol guys showed up and took a look and said,
THERE'S ONE CASE.
PA says, This guy is dead..
HE CAN CLEARLY REMEMBER
EVEN THOUGH HE RETIRED, NEARLY TWO DECADES AGO.
PA says, Oh yah, it was certainly weird, in fact,
I've never heard of a homicide quite like that before..
THE FORMER GRANT COUNTY SHERIFF'S INVESTIGATOR.
SAYS THERE WAS LITTLE EVIDENCE..
AND WHAT'S LEFT, IS BOXED UP IN THE OFFICE BASEMENT.
SHERIFF NATE DRECKMAN/GRANT COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
says, I wish we had man power to dedicate to this
case, but unfortunately, we don't..
THE CURRENT SHERIFF.
DESCRIBES AN EVEN SMALLER STAFF, IN 1976.
ON JUNE 15.
JACK HOWELL WAS MURDERED.
BRING BACK UP DRIVING NATS
SHARON JOHNSON/VICTIM'S SISTER says, I think I was
HIS YOUNGEST SISTER SAYS, JACK WAS A TRUCK DRIVER.
WHO DIDN'T HAVE ANY ENEMIES.
RATHER, A GIRLFRIEND, AND SOME FRIENDS IN GRANT COUNTY.
SJ says, He was last seen on Main Street, talking
to some people..
HOWELL WAS HANGING OUT AT WHAT USED TO BE.
THE PEANUT PUB, UNTIL IN THE MORNING.
WHEN HE LEFT FOR HOME.
PA says, Even if you were looking over your shoulder,
looking for something and somebody pulls up as if
to pass you, there's nothing there to alarm you until
it's way too late..
A GUNMAN PULLED UP BESIDE HOWELL'S 1966 CADILLAC,
SENDING THE CAR CAREENING INTO A CORNFIELD OFF HIGHWAY
18, NEAR PRESTON.
PA says, I think he was just plain bushwacked, I mean,
AND NOW COULDN'T COMMENT ON A MOTIVE, BUT ROBBERY
SEEMS UNLIKELY SINCE JACK'S CAR, LOADED WITH BELONGINGS.
ONLY PART OF A SHOTGUN BULLET.
WAS LEFT BEHIND.
PA says, We had nothing to go on, virtually nothing..
THERE WAS ALSO SOMETHING ELSE HOLDING THEM BACK.
PA says, We had several people that we polygraphed,
they all passed the polygraph.. that was our problem..
38 YEARS LATER, SOME OF THE SUSPECTS.
AND ADMITTEDLY, NO ONE IS ANY CLOSER TO CRACKING THE
SJ says, I felt a great sadness come over me recently..
ANXIOUS FOR ANSWERS, SHARON JOHNSON TURNED TO NEWS
TO SHARE HER STORY.
SJ says, Somebody knows something, somebody is going
to talk to somebody..:00 and they may find out who
did this..:06 and it would put me at peace..:10
PICTURE FLIPPING NATS
SHERIFF DRECKMAN says, I'm glad this is being brought
out because hopefully it will generate something for
us to go..:10 JUMP TO One tip can break a case wide
THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE RECENTLY SOLVED ANOTHER OF ITS
PS says, You win some, you lose some..
BUT THE RETIRED DETECTIVE.
ISN'T QUITE AS CONFIDENT THIS TIME.
PS says, It would have been nice to have some good
leads on that thing, but nobody was giving anything
SHARON JOHNSON RECALLED.
HER BROTHER BUILT MODEL AIRPLANES.
AND LIVED WITH HER.
SJ says, He taught me how to play chess..
BEFORE HE DIED THAT DAY.
SJ says, I never could beat him..
SHARON HASN'T FORGOTTEN JACK HOWELL.
A LOT LIKE PERRY AHNEN.
AND FOR THIS WISCONSIN COLD CASE TO BE CRACKED, THEY
BOTH HOPE SOMEONE ELSE STILL REMEMBERS HIM, TOO.
PA says, Maybe somebody that talked about this back
then will see this now and say maybe it's about time
I say something it..
TWO YEARS LATER, JULIE ANN HALL WAS MURDERED, LEFT
IN A DITCH NEAR WAUNAKEE.
SHE WAS THE DAUGHTER OF DONNE HALL, A FRIEND OF JACK'S
WHO SAW HIM THE NIGHT HE DIED.
HER CASE HASN'T BEEN SOLVED.
AUTHORITIES SAY THE TWO AREN'T RELATED.
AS FOR JACK, THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE IS REACHING OUT
TO THE DEPARTMENT OF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS - THE
AGENCY THAT TOOK OVER HIS CASE, TO REVIEW IT AGAIN.
IN HOPES OF CRACKING IT FOR GOOD.
VIEWERS CAN SUBMIT ANONYMOUS TIPS WITH THE SHERIFF'S
WE'VE POSTED THAT LINK ON CHANNEL 3000 DOT COM.
-- ERIC --