Unsolved Homicides: Remain Under Investigation

Cold Case

A cold case is described as an unsolved criminal investigation that remains open, pending the discovery of new evidence. The Golden Valley Police Department (GVPD) has worked for decades to solve some of its own cold cases, and it doesn't plan on giving up hope.

Loren Busse & Dan Neus

On August 30, 1995, Loren Busse, 28, was killed while riding his bicycle home from work at about 10:30 pm in Golden Valley. His body was found at Mendelssohn Avenue N and Plymouth Avenue Police deemed it a drive-by shooting. Five months later, on the 3300 block of Major Avenue N, Dan Neus, 29, was shot to death while walking his dog at about 11:15 pm, two blocks from his home.

Ballistic tests determined that the same gun, a 40-caliber semiautomatic, was used in both shootings. More than 20 years later, the cases remain unsolved and besides the fact that the same gun was used on two Golden Valley men of a similar age, there has been nothing else found to link the murders, according to police reports. To this day, both shootings appear totally random, and as a former police chief pointed out, "the vast majority of murders aren't random."

Keke Jefferson-Moore

On September 23, 2000, the body of Keke Jefferson-Moore was discovered in Wirth Lake in Golden Valley by two morning walkers. After a routine autopsy, it was determined she had been murdered. Although unrelated to the murders of Busse and Neus, the GVPD is still investigating.

Over the years, the GVPD has repeatedly reached out to the media, to other communities, and even brought the FBI onboard to investigate all three cases. They interviewed potential leads and talked to all known witnesses and persons of interest over and over again.

Contact Us With Any Information

The GVPD believes someone out there may know something that could help them solve these murders and help bring closure to three families who have been waiting years for answers. By getting the facts onto social media and to as many eyes and ears as possible, police hope someone will come forward with new information.

If you have any information regarding these homicides, contact the GVPD tip line at 763-512-2500.

  1. Keke Jefferson-Moore (1980 to 2000)
  2. Loren Neal Busse (1967 to 1995)
  3. Daniel Duane Neus (1966 to 1996)

KKeke Jefferson-Moore Collageeke Jefferson-Moore was born in September 1980 to Johnetta Jefferson-Moore and Benjamin Moore. She had two older siblings, a brother, and a sister.

Growing up in Brooklyn Park, Keke was just like any other kid, said her parents. She loves animals, riding her bike, playing with remote control cars, dancing with her father at family reunions, and spending time and doing makeovers with her friend Melody.

"She was a happy, fun, and loving person," says Moore. "She loved joking around."

Keke attended Osseo High School and graduated in 1998 from WAVE alternative high school in Osseo. Her parents agreed she was a people person who got along well with everyone and was always friendly when she met new people.

"High school was where Keke discovered a passion for photography and writing," recalls Jefferson-Moore. Although she took a job as a telemarketer after graduation, she planned to go to college to study journalism.

"She was a giving person," adds Jefferson-Moore. "She stood up for the right thing."

Keke had especially looked forward to being an aunt, her parents said. Her niece, Kalilah, was born in early 2000, and she loved spending as much time as possible with her.

Keke's time with her niece and the rest of her family was cut short at age 20 when she was murdered in Golden Valley.

Her parents want closure. Her father says "even after 18 years, it scares me to think the murderer is still out on the street somewhere," and her mother says "there is a hole in my heart that will never heal."

"Before we die, we want justice. She was our daughter, and then she was gone."