Every month we will be featuring a cold case from a local police department.

Halloween night, back in 1995, a Rogers mother was stabbed to death while passing out candy. For almost 20 years Ernestine Andregg’s family has not only suffered her loss, but also not knowing who murdered her. Rogers police are also asking for your help in catching a killer.

Get togethers were one of Ernestine Andregg’s favorite things. Her family – talking, laughing, and living. But Ernestine isn’t here with her family, because a Roger’s cemetery is where she has been for almost 20 years – and no one knows why.

“It does appear that someone went there with the intent to kill her,” said Rogers Police Captain Hayes Minor.

Halloween night, 1995. Ernestine, living with her son on 15th and Cypress in Rogers after her divorce, passes out candy with her daughter and granddaughter. They leave, but Ernestine stays behind. A short time later Ernestine’s boyfriend, Bill Ochoa, calls both her family and police saying he found her stabbed to death on the kitchen floor.

“How could this happen?” asked her son Dwayne Andregg. “This is the kind of thing that happens in other cities other places and to other people.”

Police said that the door was ajar, but there was no forced entry, nothing stolen – and they were unable to find the knife used in the killing. Police also said that with it being Halloween, it is almost impossible to know if Ernestine knew her attacker.

“Everybody opens their door on Halloween,” said Capt. Minor. “On a night like Halloween where you may answer the door 100 times, it makes it so hard to apply the normal parameters to this profiling.”

Detectives interviewed close friends and family, but never charged anyone in the crime.

“To this date, everyone that was thought to be a suspect has been ruled out,” Capt. Minor said. “Anytime you get an alibi from someone who is a potential suspect in a crime, it’s our job to either prove or disprove that alibi. Based on that, the people we talked to early on were ruled out.”

Police have not ruled out a random Halloween night crime, and to complicate things more, a carnival from out of town set up several blocks away from the house just a few days before the murder.

“It’s a proven fact that those people are often guilty of crimes committed when they are in a town for three or four days and then move on,” Capt. Minor said.

Rogers police have very few unsolved murders and want this case closed. They say every bit of evidence still sits in their evidence locker. They can’t go into detail as to what kind of DNA evidence they have, but say they may have it reviewed again.

“When the technology back then isn’t nearly up to speed of where we are today, taking the evidence we do have and determining: what was the analysis done in 1995? Has that improved to the point where we think we need to resubmit it?” said Capt. Minor.

Although DNA may someday help police make an arrest in this case, Captain Minor says there is always one surefire way to catch a killer.

“People that do things like this rarely keep their mouths shut,” he said. “They are going to tell somebody,” he said. “Somebody knows something. We hope nearly 20 years later someone will have the courage to come to us.”

“We need to have some definite closure to who did it,” said her son, Matthew Andregg. “We’d like to know why. Why couldn’t you have spared…it just doesn’t make sense to us.”

Although they have a lot of pain in talking about how she died – memories of their mother bring them nothing but joy.

“Just kind and sweet – and my mom – she took care of all of us,” Dwayne Andregg said. “She sacrificed everything she had just for us.”

“She was a very loving person, had a huge heart,” said Matthew Andregg. “Fabulous host, she loved having get togethers, there were always family gatherings.

Next Halloween it will be 20 years since her murder, and her family says the next time they get together to celebrate her life – they pray they will also know who ended it.

“We have faith knowing eventually this person is going to receive their judgement,” Matthew Andregg said. “It would be nice to see this person come forward.”

“Ultimately God is going to judge whoever did this, but it would be nice for us to see the result or someone behind bars,” Dwayne Andregg said.

Rogers police do want to remind people that Rogers is a safe community, and they do not believe anyone is in danger in connection to this murder. They do ask if you know anything at all about Ernestine’s death – no matter how small it may seem – to please contact them at (479) 636-4141.