Jennifer Olson

Case Open since 1989.

On 07-30-1989, Jennifer Olson (19-years-old) was discovered in the surf on the beach by a jogger in close proximity to the Westin Resort on Hilton Head Island. An Investigation into the incident revealed, Olson died as result of injuries inflicted by unknown suspects sometime in the early morning hours. Specific details of her injuries and cause of death are law enforcement sensitive; although it is suspected a sexual assault occurred just prior to her death.

It was determined; Olsen was accompanying her family at an insurance convention at the Westin, where she made numerous acquaintances. One of the persons she was last seen speaking with near the pool area of the Westin around 3:00 am was convicted of savagely murdering his girlfriend a few years later in another state. He remains a person of interest in this investigation and has been interviewed multiple times, denying any involvement.

He is currently serving a life sentence and as of yet no physical evidence has linked him to Olson’s murder. Evidence is evaluated routinely in the hopes advances in forensic science may assist in furthering the investigation. 


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