Crime-Solving Group to Look Into Servo Death

By Beacon Staff

A nonprofit crime-solving organization in Philadelphia is looking into the unsolved murder of a television news reporter from Columbia Falls.

Jennifer Servo, 22, was beaten and strangled in Texas in 2002.

The nationally recognized Vidocq Society has agreed to take on the case, said Servo’s father, Norm Olson. The organization includes forensic professionals and private citizens who donate their time and effort to solving cold cases.

Olson said it was encouraging that more people are helping bring his daughter’s killer to justice and that he wants to see the killer behind bars.

Servo grew up in Columbia Falls and worked as a reporter for KECI-TV in Missoula in 2001.

She later moved to Abilene, Texas, where she worked for KRBC-TV. She had been there for just a few months when she was found dead in her apartment in September 2002.

Her body was discovered by an apartment complex employee who was called by Servo’s employer after her co-workers could not reach her. Servo’s car was in the parking lot.

Servo was a graduate of the University of Montana School of Journalism. She also anchored for Montana Public Radio and was an Army reservist.