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Krista Martin

A 20 year old woman is found dead in her Wichita, KS apartment

  • Last updated: March 21, 2023
  • Wichita, KS
  • October 2, 1989

Overview of Krista Martin

Sadly, there is very little information available about who Krista was and about her untimely death.

What we do know about Krista is that she was shy, very quiet, and kept to herself. Krista wasn’t the type of person that would go out looking for trouble. Krista was living in Wichita, KS at the time of her death and had recently been laid off from her job at Kansas Blueprint.

Krista Martin

In September of 1989, police were called to Krista’s apartment.

A neighbor reported hearing screaming and yelling across the street, likely a fight. When she glanced out of her window sometime between 3:00-4:00 am, she saw two men outside of Krista’s apartment. According to this neighbor, one of the men asked “why did you have to hit her?”, and the other responded “because she’s a woman and deserved it”.

Two weeks later, Krista’s body was found on October 2, 1989.

Krista was last seen on the afternoon of Sunday, October 1, 1989. At around 1:00 am on October 2, 1989, her body was found in her apartment by a friend who had grown worried and visited to check on her. Krista was lying on her couch fully clothed. There were no signs of forced entry in the apartment and no signs of burglary. The man who found Krista’s body was quickly questioned by authorities. He explained that he wasn’t sure what made him concerned to the point that he felt the need to go check on Krista. He is later ruled out as a suspect in Krista’s murder.

Krista’s autopsy revealed that she had been killed by a blow to the back left side of her head with some kind of blunt object. Authorities are unsure what kind of object was used in her murder and did not find any weapons in her apartment.

Where the case stands today.

Today, it has been more than 33 years since Krista’s life was taken away from her. There has been very little media attention for Krista’s case, though authorities continue waiting for new leads. If you have any information, please contact the Wichita Police Department Cold Case Unit at (316) 268-4379 or (316)-268-4609 or send your information in an email to [email protected].


  1. Date Found:October 2, 1989
  2. Birthday:March 20, 1969
  3. Age at Incident:20
  4. Race:Caucasian / White
  5. Gender:Female

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