GJPD: Benson family issues statement

By: KKCO Email
By: KKCO Email

Grand Junction Police have just released a statement from the family of Linda and Kelley Benson. The Benson's were found stabbed to death in their Grand Junction apartment in 1975 and no arrests had ever been made in the case until last week. Herry Lee Nemnich was arrested at the Port of Entry near Loma Wednesday, April 8 in connection with the murders.

The family has asked their privacy be respected during this difficult time and have issued the following statement:

In speaking for the entire family, let me start by saying we are cautiously optimistic, although extremely encouraged with the recent events and developments; this has been a long time coming. In addition, we certainly recognize and acknowledge that there is a vast chasm between the events of an arrest, and the expectations of a conviction. With this being said, we all need to exercise patience as this process takes flight.

This arrest was made possible due to the methodical, tenacious and exemplary work on behalf of the current Grand Junction Police Department. There are many individuals for whom we owe a debt of gratitude for their recent accomplishments, their diligence and tireless work ethic should not go unrecognized.

Doug Rushing, thank you for not letting go of your belief that this case must be solved. Your insight and wisdom have been a journey of encouragement and hope over the years. You have lived this case personally as if this was your own family.

Greg Assenmacher, (The Investigations Task Force Team Leader) you were a godsend to this investigation and gave it the wings and leverage it needed to succeed. Had you not become involved, we would quite simply not be at this juncture.

Larry Bullard, we can’t begin to thank you enough. You worked on this investigation for over a year without a penny of compensation. The wisdom and guidance you brought to this undertaking has been remarkable. We needed you, and you came through for us.

There are many other individuals who deserve praise and recognition for your tireless work; you all know who you are. We sincerely thank you.

Please understand, we are looking forward to bringing closure to this extremely painful wound, further, understand and respect that this is a difficult and challenging time for all involved. It has re-awakened some very old emotions, and painful times in our lives. We would ask for your consideration in respecting our privacy while we sort through the issues.

To Linda and Kelley, our sister and niece, your mother’s daughter and first born granddaughter: We know you can hear us, we have not forgotten you.

Linda, Your contagious laugh, intoxicating smile and charming sense of humor made the world a better place just because you lived in it. Your love and zest for life has stayed with us our entire lives, and you will be deeply missed until we see you again. We will never forget the gifts and blessings you brought to us all.

Kelley, A long, long time ago, while playing in your favorite place in Grandma’s garden, you were systematically plucking the flowers that she just planted and proudly presented them to her, roots and all. You looked up with your big blue eyes and inquisitively asked, “Grandma, how can God love you when He can’t hold His arms around you?” Well Sunshine, God has been holding His arms around you for 34 years now; you now know “Sparkles”, He loves you as much as we do. We miss you both, we have not forgotten.

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