How did you spend your weekend? Watching true crime documentaries on Netflix and chilling? Well, Selena Gomez was quietly at work with other amateur sleuths working to solve a real-life cold case at CrimeCon Chicago. Gomez and her mother, Mandy Teefey, attended the convention's CrowdSolve event, CrimeCon confirmed on its Instagram today, sharing a photo of Gomez hard at work.
"We were honored to host @selenagomez and her mom @mandyteefey at CrowdSolve this weekend," CrimeCon wrote. "They were perfect detectives 🕵️🕵️ who, along with hundreds of others, helped bring peace to the Sova family."
Gomez also shared she was at CrimeCon Chicago, sharing photos of her and her mom in Chicago. "Momma and I being tourists," Gomez wrote. "We take great pictures. OH and we went to CrimeCon! Love you Chicago and the bean."
Pop superstar Selena Gomez is doing what she can to solve a 39-year-old murder. She attended “CrimeCon,” a true crime convention in Chicago called where 300 amateur detectives investigate long-forgotten criminal cases. Gomez delved into the slaying of Kurt Sova, a 17-year-old high school student from Cleveland who went missing in 1981 after attending a Halloween party. His body was discovered 5 days later in a ravine. Sova’s brother Kevin is grateful for the renewed attention on the case.
Some law enforcement officials, criminology experts and professors think this could be a model for the future.
They gathered with true crime fans at CrimeCon CrowdSolve in Chicago this weekend, presented by the Oxygen network, to focus on a local cold case.
Kurt Sova, 17, disappeared from a party in Newburgh Heights nearly 40 years ago.
His body was found five days later in a ravine just 500 yards away from the party house, even though the area had been searched before.
Back in 1981, the coroner couldn't determine Kurt's exact cause of death. He ruled it accidental.
And Kurt’s family went without answers for decades.
“How could he go to a party, wind up dead and we don’t know nothing about it, 40 years later?" Kurt’s brother, Kevin, said.
Police reopened this mysterious cold case last year.
The Hollywood star was in Chicago last weekend where she and her mom attended CrimeCon's CrowdSolve – an event focused on the unsolved murder of 17-year-old Kurt Sova, which dates back to 1981 in Newburgh Heights.
“They were perfect detectives who, along with hundreds of others, helped bring peace to the Sova family,” CrimeCon posted on their Instagram page.
CrimeCon explored the unsolved Sova murder to answer one question: “Can hundreds of attendees with varied experiences and backgrounds work alongside the police and our world-class experts to help develop new ideas and leads in a cold case?”
The event featured a handful of guest speakers tied to Sova’s case, including Chief John Majoy of the Newburgh Heights Police Department.
Sova’s story was recently chronicled in a VAULT Studios podcast as featured by 3News. The podcast covers how Sova skipped school on Oct. 23, 1981, "went drinking with friends and ended the day at a house party on Harvard Avenue. He left the party that night and wasn't seen again by his family. Kids found his body five days later in a nearby ravine that his family and friends and police thoroughly searched earlier."
To date, his death remains a mystery.
Back in December, however, the Newburgh Heights Police Department announced a partnership with Tiffin University to continue exploring the case.