Judith Weeks was stabbed in the head or struck with “a bladed object,” according to court documents.
A passer-by found the body of Weeks, 44, the afternoon of April 5 in the back yard of a vacant apartment house at 1319 Second Ave. SE.
This article was originally published in The Gazette April 13, 1999.
Detectives investigating her murder haven’t released any information about how Weeks was killed, but a search warrant affidavit filed Monday said Weeks’ only apparent injury was a blow to the head by a sharp object.
“The victim was suffering from what appeared to be a wound caused by a bladed object to her forehead area. There was no further trauma immediately visible,” detective William Hanse wrote in support of his request for a warrant to search Weeks’ apartment.
Police Sgt. Mark Andries declined comment Monday on whether the blow killed Weeks.
“We’re still not releasing anything on that,” Andries said.
A $2,000 reward announced Friday failed to generate solid leads. “The reward has not generated tips, so it hasn’t done what we’ve wanted,” Andries said.
The search of Weeks’ apartment at 1002 Fifth St. SE hours after her body was discovered turned up no evidence. The affidavit listed “knives and bladed objects” as among the items sought by detectives, but a receipt shows nothing was taken from the apartment.
Andries said Weeks’ murder has prompted some calls from concerned neighbors.
“What we’re advising people is, use good judgment and be aware of your surroundings,” Andries said. “This really shouldn’t change what you’ve been doing.”