Bozeman Police Seek Help in Only Unsolved Homicide Case
The Bozeman Police Department is looking for help from the community in solving a homicide that was committed over 35 years ago. It remains the department's only unsolved homicide.
The homicide took place in the early morning hours of February 10, 1985. Randal “Randy” Church was shot and killed while working as a shift supervisor at Pizza Hut on West Main Street in Bozeman. News reports describe Randy as a 23-year-old Montana State Student who worked at Pizza Hut part-time. He was shot at around 3 a.m. after answering a knock at the restaurant's back door. Randy was the only employee in the building, so no one witnessed the shooting or saw who subsequently robbed the restaurant of $1000 as Randy lay dead.
He was not found until the next morning. A recent article in MontanaPress.com offers more details of what happened that night.
Over the years, Randy’s homicide has undergone several investigations as fresh leads, and new forensic technology became available. The Bozeman Police hope that by putting info of Randy's killing out in the public again, new information may come their way in helping them identify the person(s) responsible.
Detective Benjamin King is the investigator, and according to a news release issued by the detective, his mission is to give a voice to Randy, and to provide answers and closure to Randy’s family and loved ones by learning who committed Randy’s murder and bringing them to justice.
If you have any information related to this Cold Case, please contact the Bozeman Police Department by using this Tip Line: 406.582.2025
Tipsters can remain anonymous, and they will also be eligible for up to $10,000 reward money for information that helps lead to an arrest.