More Than a Month Later, Sioux Falls Realtor’s Death Remains a Mystery


Here is the timeline of events involving the Melissa Peskey murder case. More than a month after she was killed, there are still no arrests. 

December 13, 2018: Melissa Peskey was driving with her two children ages 5 and 11, on Interstate 70 in Cooper County, Missouri near Boonville. Peskey was on her way to visit friends in South Carolina.  At 10:30 p.m. troopers responded to a crash on Interstate 70 where they found Peskey dead in the driver’s seat.

December 18, 2018: KELOLAND Investigates was the first to report on Peskey’s death after getting a tip from a viewer that it happened. KELOLAND’s Angela Kennecke spoke with Peskey’s husband on the phone Tuesday. Ryan Peskey said investigators have informed him he is a “person of interest” in his wife’s death.

December 19, 2018: Ryan Peskey travelled to Missouri to attend a hearing to get custody of his children. The Peskeys’ children had been placed in protective custody after the crash. The children were returned to Peskey and he brought them back to Sioux Falls. Missouri State Highway Patrol released information for the first time on Melissa’s death. An autopsy revealed she died from a gunshot wound. Investigators say a weapon was fired from outside the vehicle.

December 30, 2018:  Peskey’s funeral is held in Sioux Falls

January 2, 2019: Missouri State Investigators had 92 leads in the murder of Melissa Peskey. Investigators were securing, photographing, and reconstructing the entire scene on Interstate 70.  They were are also taking statements and conducting interviews.

Ryan Peskey said he is cooperating with authorities. Peskey also said that while he did not answer his phone at 11 p.m. on December 13, when authorities called to notify him of his wife’s death, he did call them back at 2 a.m.

January 14, 2019: Missouri Investigators say they were up to 116 leads in the Peskey case. But no one had been arrested for her murder.

January 21, 2019: One of Peskey’s friends comes forward to talk about what Melissa told her in the weeks leading up to her death. The woman also showed KELOLAND Investigates text messages she received from her friend Melissa.

Don’t miss the interview coming up with Melissa Peskey’s friend and the shocking revelation of what she shared with investigators in the case,  Monday night on KELOLAND News.

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