Rowlands case still not resolved

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It's been over 17 years since Leah Rowlands was shot and killed at the Amoco Gas Station in Cozad, yet the case is still unresolved.

Dawson County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Cheri Saunders explains the incident that took place.

"On March 10th, 1997 an unknown male subject walked into the Time Saver Conoco in Cozad, Nebraska, shopped for a couple items, a soda drink and a candy bar maybe, and came up to the front counter after a young lady and her young child had left the store, proceeded to pay for his purchases, and then suddenly withdrew a pistol and shot and killed Ms. Leah Rowlands."

The unknown man then took off with the pop, a pack of cigarettes, a lighter, $150 in cash, and a full tank of gas.

Saunders says recent efforts by the DMV to identify a suspect were unsuccessful.

"Just most recently his photos were submitted to the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles to take advantage of their new facial recognition software. We received hundreds of possible similarities, but unfortunately that did not pan out."

The incident was captured in its entirety by the store's security video. But despite an intensive investigation, the airing of the video twice on national TV, and the fact the suspect's face is clearly visible, the crime has not been resolved.

A $5,000 reward is being offered for the apprehension of the person responsible for this crime. Anyone with information is asked to contact Saunders or Crimestoppers at

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