Police continue to search for answers in 25-year-old cold case

By Ryan Goodlett/WNKY

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – It’s been 25 years since Rebecca Riddle was found dead in a warehouse at the intersection of Louisville and Glasgow roads in Bowling Green, and her killer has not been identified.

Kentucky State Police Detective Kevin Pickett is the current investigator on this cold case.

“Indications was that she had either fell or been thrown down a hole in the floor where they had been throwing scrap metal,” Pickett said. “Upon autopsy, it was discovered she had blunt force trauma to the back of her head, indicating foul play.”

Pickett said there were three people in close proximity to Riddle at the time of the murder, but those three people have told the same story since 1994.

Several people were interviewed as suspects, but there was not enough evidence to convict anyone.

The autopsy did not reveal any specific DNA findings that would relate back to a suspect.

Riddle’s death left four children without a mother, and four grandchildren have since been born.

The family declined to comment due to the emotional toll it has taken on them.

Kentucky State Police Trooper Daniel Priddy said cold cases are difficult to solve, but they want to be able to give the family closure.

“For this case there was no DNA evidence, so we would need somebody that had information about the murder or the person who was responsible for this,” Priddy said.

Priddy and Pickett asked that if anyone has any information about this case they would contact Kentucky State Police Post 3 at 270-782-2010.


“cold cases are very difficult. Here at post three we have several, and we’re still working on them aggressively all the time,” pickett said.