Melissa Peskey’s family speaks to KELOLAND News about unsolved murder


ROCK VALLEY, IOWA (KELO) — It’s been four months since someone shot Sioux Falls Realtor Melissa Peskey.

She was driving along Interstate 70 in Missouri, with her two children sleeping in the backseat when she was killed.

Authorities in Missouri have not made an arrest yet, but Peskey’s case just got renewed national attention after Dateline picked up the story. 

KELOLAND Investigates broke the story about what happened to Peskey and spoke to her husband Ryan on the phone. 

Thursday night, Melissa Peskey’s sisters and mother are granting KELOLAND Investigates an interview to give you more insight into what was happening with Melissa on the day she left Sioux Falls and the waiting game they’re playing to find out who killed her.

Melissa Peskey and her sisters, Jessica, Kara and Krista were always close.

“We had so much stinking fun teasing each other. Sitting on the porch, drinking our coffee; throwing bread at the ducks and the chickens”, Kara Renken said.

Now the three remaining sisters and their mother are relying on each other to get through the loss of Melissa. 

While they’re not losing faith in Missouri investigators, they are growing weary.

“I thought we would have known sooner. I expected a week. I just figured bam, done and we’re going to know and this is going to be done. I figured maybe it was going to be a random,” Jessica Renken said.

Angela Kennecke: “What is your biggest question?”
Ellen Renken:  “Why, why her? Why would you do something like that?”

While that question remains unanswered for now, the sisters did give us some insight into why Melissa was on that road trip with her children.  They say it wasn’t for a vacation. Melissa’s youngest sister was on the phone with her when she was shot. 

“She said it was raining really hard and there was a semi in the ditch and she was talking about a car swerving all over the road. Then she said, ‘just a minute honey, I’m going to put the phone down, so that way she could get around the car and we started talking again and it wasn’t 2-3 minutes later and she stopped talking,” Kara Renken said.

Melissa’s husband, Ryan Peskey, was invited to take part in this interview, but declined.

Thursday on KELOLAND News at 10 in a special Investigative report, hear what was going on in Peskey’s life and what the children were aware of in the backseat of the car.

Plus, we ask the Missouri State Patrol why it’s taking so long to solve the Peskey murder.

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