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6 years later, police still searching for killer who left Kearney woman's body in burning home

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KEARNEY, Nebraska — Police are still trying to find out who killed a Kearney woman whose body was found inside her charred home six years ago.

The body of 21-year-old Kelcey Fike was found in the smoke-filled mobile home on June 17, 2008, at the R-Villa South Trailer Court in west Kearney. No arrests have been reported.

"Somebody out there knows something, and I believe we will get answers someday," said Fike's older brother, John, of Omaha.

Other relatives and friends are pleading for anyone with information to come forward. A $30,000 reward remains available for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Fike's killer or killers.

Police have said Fike died shortly before the fire engulfed the bedroom she shared with her boyfriend. The boyfriend was out of state at the time of the fire, so police don't consider him a suspect.

Why somebody killed Fike is as much a mystery to investigators as who killed her.

"We are open to any possibility of who committed this homicide," said Capt. Mike Kirkwood of the Kearney Police Department.

Police know Fike got off work at 5:30 p.m. on the day before her death. She made and received several phone calls and sent and received text messages. A neighbor reported seeing Fike outside at 9 p.m. with her dog. At 1 a.m. on June 17, Fike sent her last text message to her boyfriend.

Firefighters were sent to the mobile home at 4:50 a.m. Firefighters found Fike's body at the back of the house in a hallway between the two bedrooms.

Investigators have said the fire and the water used to put it out destroyed much of any evidence at the scene.

Police initially thought Fike's killer was someone she knew, but investigators haven't ruled out the possibility she could have been targeted at random.

"We still get calls a lot, and we follow up, but nothing pans out," Capt. Kirkwood said.


Information from: Kearney Hub, http://www.kearneyhub.com/

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