Jenkins family peppers Downtown with fliers

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October 20, 2003 // UPDATED 11:06 am - April 30, 2007
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie

"SOMEONE KNOWS SOMETHING," read the fliers throughout Downtown, posted recently by friends and family of the late Chris Jenkins.

Jenkins, a University of Minnesota student, disappeared last Halloween night. Friends last saw him at Downtown's Lone Tree Bar and Grill, 528 Hennepin Ave. S.

In February, Jenkins' body was recovered from the Mississippi River. The medical examiner could not identify a cause of death.

His family, however, say they believe foul play was involved. His sister, Sara Jenkins, said she hopes the flier campaign will renew interest in her brother's case.

"It's a year. It's been proven that once a year comes around, if more than one person was involved, guilt starts eating away. People start talking," she said. "We are just hoping somebody will come forward."

The family has announced a $175,000 reward for "information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible in the death of Chris Jenkins," according to their Web site,

Sara Jenkins, along with her parents, Steve and Jan Jenkins, blanketed Downtown and the University of Minnesota campus with the fliers in mid-October. They planned on attending the Oct. 18 University of Minnesota football game at the Metrodome as guests of school president Bob Bruininks.

Jan Jenkins said she believes it's "definitely worth spreading the word again" about her son.

The family's private investigator continues to work on the case, and a number of people at the University of Minnesota have also stepped forward to help, she said.

The family is also asking anyone with photographs -- professional or amateur -- of the Mississippi River from Halloween until late February of last year to contact their tip line, 387-1955.