While any violent death is tragic, when a child is involved, it affects us all the more. It doesn’t matter if the death is that of a young child or a teenager, a young person’s life is snuffed out needlessly.
Regina Krieger, 14, of Burley, Idaho, became involved with the wrong crowd in Burley and began using drugs after her parents divorced. She was living with her mother in Twin Falls, and being separated from her family and friends in Burley, she may have missed those close ties. She wanted to go back and live with her father in Burley and that was where she started having problems. With her parents’ support, she had begun turning her life around, cut ties with the drug crowd, and was planning to go back to her mother’s home.
Regina disappeared the night of February 28, 1995 from her bedroom in the basement, where she was stabbed. She was taken up a stairwell and taken away from the scene in a car. The basement had bloodstains that told the story and more than one person was suspected to be involved in the attack and abduction.
Her body was found on the eastern bank of the Snake River, six miles downstream from the Minidoka Dam six weeks later on April 15, 1995. The body was badly decomposed and authorities could not make an identification until dental records were used.
The cause of death was from having her throat cut and she also had stabbing wounds to the chest. There were rumors that she was killed over a debt owed a drug dealer and that some teens had seen a body in a bath tub but these were not substantiated.
Police are trying to use new technology to gain new leads but there are people in the community that probably know more than they have revealed. A local convicted drug dealer during a previous murder trial but he has not been charged in this case. In that case, a male subject testified that he and that drug dealer, along with another man, were present in a car when Regina’s body was transported away. That subject later said he lied.
It only takes one lead many times to provide the linking information that allows investigators to get on the right track and find a killer. It’s time that Regina’s killer(s) is brought to justice.
Please contact the Cassia County Sheriff’s Office if you have any information about Regina or might have seen unusual activity at that location in the time period from February 28 to April 15, 1995.