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Katherine Korzilius | AMERICA UNSOLVED

Posted on July 3, 2019 at 11:45 PM

Katherine Korzilius was 6 years old when she was found lying in the middle of the road on August 7, 1996 in Austin, Texas. Katherine was the daughter of Jon Bon Jovi’s tour manager, Paul Korzilius. She was running some errands with her mother, Nancy and her brother, Chris. When they approached their neighbourhood of Elder Circle, Nancy allowed Katherine to get the mail from the community mailbox. She was going to walk the short route home while Nancy and Chris drove the long way.

When Katherine didn’t return home. Chris went out to look for her and went he couldn’t find her. Nancy took the car and began to search for her daughter. Within minutes, Nancy and Chris found the girl lying on the road. She was unconscious, but breathing. Nancy rushed her to the hospital were she never regained consciousness and passed away later that day.

It was under the impression that the 6 year old was a victim of a hit and run accident, but her family didn't understand why she was found in that part of the neighbourhood when she was last seen walking towards the house. She was found on the route that Nancy and Chris would have driven, half a mile from the mailbox. This was the opposite direction that Katherine would have gone home. Her family believes that she was a victim of an abduction and then was murdered.

Not only did Katherine have a head injury, but she had abrasions on her left shoulder, the small of her back, her right hip and her knees. It looked like she either jumped, fallen and was thrown from a moving vehicle. One theory was that she was holding onto the back of Nancy’s vehicle, but lost her grip, but she was wearing a splint due to a broken thumb. It would have been difficult for her to hold on to things. Nancy would have been able to see her in the rearview mirror.

There was a vacant lot that had a clue. It was about 30 yards from the mailbox. The K-9 unit followed her scent to the lot, but lost it. She may have been walking in that direction when she was abducted. When her body was found, it had appeared that Katherine was “laid out” for Nancy to find. The way she was placed on the road didn't seem natural. Her clothes were straighten out, her hair was smoothed out, her toes were pointed straight and her sandals were kept on.

Nancy was considered to be a suspect due to the theory of the girl holding onto the back of the vehicle, but there wasn’t evidence to prove that Katherine actually did that.

A year later, a tree was planted and a plague was placed in her name in the area she was found. The family hopes that new information will come to light. There still hasn’t been any suspects in the case.

Jon Bon Jovi’s song August 7 4:15 is about the girl.

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