Doña Ana County



The Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department and the multi-agency task force that has been formed to investigate the Kathryn Jaye Sepich murder case have turned over all media relations related to the investigation to the Doña Ana County Public Information Office. Reporters who call investigators will be referred to the county's Public Information Office.

The following information has been approved for release. No other information will be released until the next update is processed from this office. The time of the next update has not been determined.

The family of slain NMSU student Kathryn Jaye Sepich has put up $50,000 in reward funds for any information leading to the arrest(s) and conviction(s) of any person(s) involved in her murder. The Sepich family funds bring the total rewards available in the case to $52,000, with $1,000 each coming from Las Cruces CrimeStoppers and the local Chapter 6917 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Investigators in the case are continuing their interviews of people who may have seen Sepich the night of her death. Anyone who has not been interviewed but who saw Sepich the evening of Aug. 30 is urged to contact Capt. Brent Barlow of the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department at (505) 525-1911. Any information provided could be helpful.
Sepich, 22, of Carlsbad, a graduate student of business administration at NMSU, attended a party Saturday night, Aug. 30, in the neighborhood of Veterans’ Park. She left the party sometime after midnight. It is not known whether she walked or was given a ride.

At about 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 31, target shooters reported the discovery of a partially clothed body in the desert near the old city dump east of Las Cruces. Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene shortly after noon and began investigating the death as a homicide. In the meantime, Sepich’s roommates reported to police that she had not returned home.

Upon identification of the body, Sheriff’s investigators contacted people who knew Sepich, including her roommates, and traced her activities back to the party.

To date, about 60 people have been interviewed about the case, and a canvas of the neighborhood remains underway to find anyone with information about Sepich’s death. The multi-agency task force that has been formed to investigate the Sepich case includes the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department, Las Cruces Police Department, NMSU Police Department, the Third Judicial District Attorney's Office and the New Mexico Intelligence Support Center.

The New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator issued a partial autopsy report Wednesday confirming that the cause of death was strangulation. There is a possibility that Sepich also was sexually assaulted, but that has not been confirmed.

No one has been identified as a suspect at this time.

Anyone with any information about the case is urged to contact Crimestoppers at (505) 526-8000. All callers have the option to remain anonymous. Any caller who provides information that leads to arrest(s) will be eligible to collect the reward.

Doña Ana County Sheriff’s investigators will NOT accept calls or interview requests regarding this case. All calls should be directed to the Doña Ana County Public Information Office at (505) 647-7229. After hours, media requests can be placed to Jess Williams at (505) 644-0726 or Grant Taylor at (505) 639-6509.