FBI reopens Missouri cold-case murder of 26-year-old Diana Ault

FBI says advances in technology may help catch Diana Ault's killer

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The FBI is reopening a decades-old unsolved murder case of a 26-year-old Missouri woman and has asked the public for help. 

Diana Ault was found dead from an apparent gunshot wound in her home in Independence, a city located about 9 miles outside of Kansas City, on Jan. 31, 1994. Ault’s two children, both under the age of 5, were found in the home unharmed.

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Before Ault’s body was discovered, Independence police found Ault’s late-1980s red Pontiac Grand Prix abandoned at the nearby Church of the Nazarene. Officers discovered a stainless-steel revolver ammunition, and a spent round inside the vehicle.

Diana Ault was 26 years old when police found her dead from an apparent gunshot wound in her home in Independence, Missouri, on Jan. 31, 1994.

Diana Ault was 26 years old when police found her dead from an apparent gunshot wound in her home in Independence, Missouri, on Jan. 31, 1994. (FBI Handout)

"The re-examination of this homicide, alongside our partners, demonstrates law enforcement’s long memory and relentless persistence in obtaining justice for victims and their families," FBI Kansas City Special Agent in Charge Charles Dayoub said in a written statement. 

Dayoub said that investigators were hopeful that advances in technology in the 28 years since Ault’s death would help advance the case forward.

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Ault’s father, Bill Laskey, told KSHB-TV that his daughter was "a good kid," who he remembered as friendly and a hard worker.

"I just leave it up to the Lord, that’s all I can do," Laskey said of the investigation to catch his daughter’s killer.

The FBI asked the public to submit tips by calling the FBI’s toll-free line at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324) or online attips.fbi.gov.