BOISE — Kay Lynn Jackson had finished her shift at the Downtown Travelodge at 7 a.m. and was walking to church on Palm Sunday on April 5, 1998.
Jackson, 22, set out toward the First Baptist Church on North 13th Street when she was raped and killed in a Greenbelt tunnel under Americana Boulevard.
Police said her killer forced her into the isolated tunnel on the southwest side of the bridge. Once inside, he raped her and attacked her with a knife, stabbing her in the chest.
A man who was fishing upstream found Jackson's body. She was fully clothed in a navy blue cotton jacket and green stretch pants.
The killer left a 30-foot streak of blood after dragging the 95-pound Jackson through the tunnel to the bank of the river.
Her cloth-covered Bible and a navy blue purse, with money and personal items still inside, lay next to her body.
Jackson, who had brown eyes and brown hair in a bob cut, didn't own a car. Friends and co-workers said she walked everywhere.
For the four years before her death, she worked as a night auditor at Travelodge at 13th and Grove streets (now The Modern Hotel). Co-workers and friends from church described Jackson as a sweet, quiet, meek person.
"She was a lamb," said her father, Terry Jackson.
The Jackson family moved to Boise from Baker City, Ore., when Kay Lynn was a toddler. She graduated from Borah High School.
Her ambition was to become a management trainee at the motel. She was an avid reader who told friends that she was saving money to attend Boise State.
Her strong Christian beliefs defined her more than her work, her friends said in the days after her death. The First Baptist Church, where her funeral was held, was the center of her life.
Jackson lived with a roommate on West Franklin Street.
The first year after Jackson's death, police followed more than 1,000 leads in vain.
April 5, 1998 our lives were changed forever. We would like to thank the Boise Police Department for their continuous service these past 15 years to solve the case against our beloved Kay Lynn Jackson.
Being a Christian, she attended church every Sunday. Her faith in God has kept us going these past years.
We want to thank our family, friends, and community for their support over the years.
STATEMENT READ BY KAY LYNN JACKSON'S MOTHER EVELYN