Ricky Severt, a Colorado hospital worker responsible for the death of young Jennifer Watkins, died in a car accident. That was karma’s way of killing him.
Investigators used modern DNA testing to find Ricky Severt was the person who killed Jennifer Watkins more than 20 years after her death.
But while Severt was never charged, karma caught up with him: he died in a car accident exactly two years to the month after Watkins’ disappearance.
Ricky Severt died in a car accident on Highway 94
According to the investigation, 31-year-old Ricky Severt died on November 2, 2001 in a car accident on Highway 94, east of Colorado Springs.
Severt was a member of the hospital team. He was born on December 18, 1969 in Merrill, Wisconsin, USA. But he was a prime suspect in the 1999 murder of Jennifer Watkins, who worked at the same hospital as her.
But because there wasn’t enough evidence, the case went unsolved for decades, until 2019 when DNA testing became a modern tool.
A DNA profile created from the sperm found was sent to Parabon for genetic testing to be carried out. This led police to Ricky Severt, who was 29 when the murder happened in August. Detectives had spoken to Severt as part of the initial murder investigation.
Jennifer Watkins today after the 1999 Cold Case murder
On November 8, 1999, the body of Jennifer Watkins was found under a stairwell en route to the helipad of a Colorado hospital.
It was wrapped in a piece of construction plastic that was taped shut. The coroner’s office said that Watkins died from blunt force trauma to the head and that the person who killed her sexually assaulted her. They found semen and DNA at the crime scene, making it clear she was killed.
Two weeks before her death, Jennifer Watkins was hired as a kitchen hand at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, according to police. She was supposed to pick up her kids from school after their shift, but she never did.
Jennifer’s husband, Michael Watkins, reported her missing when she didn’t come home from her shift. He was interrogated more than once and did whatever the detectives asked of him. Although the investigation took a long time and there was a lot of DNA evidence, it stalled for years, a suspect was never found and the case was closed.
But in 2019, almost 20 years after the event, a DNA profile created from the sperm obtained was sent to Parabon for genetic research. In August 2020, the police were informed of a possible lead to the unknown DNA profile.
Ricky Severt has been confirmed to be the person of interest. And on October 4, 2020, the district attorney said Severt, who was 29 when Watkins was killed, was the one who did it.
Where is Ricky Severt’s family now?
Find A Grave’s obituary states that Ricky Severt was born in 1969 in Merrill, Wisconsin, USA to an American family.
But there is no evidence that his family is still alive or where they are now. Gordon Arthur Severt was his father’s name, but no one knows who his mother was.
Jennifer Lee Watkins’ family lives in Colorado, as does the person who killed her in 1999. She was the second of her parents’ four children. She always knew she wanted to be a nurse.
Michael had a drug problem. Jennifer has been a victim of domestic violence and has had to go to the emergency room more than once. After they were married for about three years, Michael got a job in maintenance at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs.
Irene Skinner, Watkins’ mother, says after meeting Michael, “her life just went downhill from there.” Michael Jr. and Mariah were Jennifer’s children.