Reward increased in hopes of finding teen couple's killer

Police hope $100,000 reward will help solve shooting deaths at Littleton-area Subway

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More than two decades after a teenage couple was fatally shot in a Littleton-area Subway restaurant, police are hoping a big boost in the reward for information in the case will help bring the killer to justice.

Metro Denver Crime Stoppers announced on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, the reward for information leading to an arrest in the killings of Nick Kunselman and Stephanie Hart-Grizzell is now $100,000, up from $12,000.

Kunselman, 15 when he died, and Hart-Grizzell, who was 16, were found shot to death in a Subway restaurant at Coal Mine Avenue and Pierce Street in the early hours of Valentine's Day in 2000. The couple were students at nearby Columbine High School.

No one was ever arrested in the crime, though a news release from Crime Stoppers says Jefferson County detectives have been working the case continuously for 21 years.

“With this significantly increased reward, people who haven't come forward with their information will be much more likely to do so now,” said Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Shrader. “We are continuing our diligent work to bring justice to Nicholas and Stephanie.”

The increased reward is thanks to Crime Stoppers, contributions from anonymous donors and $10,000 from Subway's parent corporation.

Anyone with information in the case is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867 or go to MetroDenverCrimeStoppers.com. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

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