Regina Krieger Murder: Where Are Gilberto Rodriguez and Cody Thompson Now?

Investigation Discovery’s ‘On The Case With Paula Zahn: Changing Stories’ follows the brutal murder of 14-year-old Regina Krieger in Cassia County, Idaho is in February 1995. The case went cold for 24 years but the determination of the victim’s mother and the testimonies of a number of witnesses finally led to the catching of the killer. If you are intrigued and want to know the current whereabouts and the identity of the perpetrator, we’ve you covered. Let’s begin then, shall we?

How Did Regina Krieger Die?

Regina Lee Krieger was conceived March 3, 1980. Cassia County, Idaho to Dan Krieger Rhonda Hunnel. Her parents described her to be a sweet, intelligent, and friendly girl who was good at school and made friends quickly. Hence, it came as a shock when her father could not find her at their home on Oriental Avenue in Burley and reported her missing to Cassia County Sheriff’s office on February 28, 1995. It was less than a week before Regina’s 15th birthday.

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The detectives found blood on the floor of the bathroom and up the steps leading to the back yard of the Krieger house. The blood trail suggested that something had been carried up the stairs. Dan was asked about his last sighting of his daughter, and he explained that he hadn’t seen her since she went to bed. The officers suspected foul play and launched a search for Regina. However, Regina was still missing for more than a month. A group of horseback riders found her badly decayed body on the Snake River banks, just downstream of Minidoka Dam, on April 15, 1995.

The body of Regina was identified by investigators using her dental records. An autopsy report revealed that Regina suffered from multiple fatal stab wounds to her body. However, air embolism was the most probable cause of her death after her throat was slit from earto ear by the perpetrator. Her heart also had a penetrating cut, but the medical examiner concluded that it was done after her death.

Who Killed Regina Krieger

Investigators examined a few suspects, but the investigation was halted when they received no significant evidence or leads. The case remained cold for nearly 24 years but Regina’s mother, Rhonda refused to give up. Rhonda enlisted the FBI’s help and continued to work on the case until it was solved. Cassia County Sheriff’s office announced they have charged Gilberto Flores Rodriguez in the murder of Regina in February 2019. It was revealed that Gilberto Flores Rodriguez was arrested in the murder of Regina in February 2019.

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Gilberto Flores Rodriguez

Gilberto was tried in April 2019, when the identities and names of two witnesses were made public to the jury. Cody Thompson, a convict who claimed to be present on the night Gilberto killed Regina, was the primary witness. Cody claimed that he was ill that night and had gone over to defecate on the property of the Kriegers, scaling the wall, while he was waiting in a car in the alley for Gilberto to come out of Regina’s home. 

Cody, then 16 years old, says that Gilberto appeared all bloody. He drove the car to the house and said that he had made a mistake. Cody assisted in putting the body into the back seat. From there they had allegedly driven to a mutual acquaintance’s house for a clean-up and change of clothes, before driving to Jackson Bridge, presently defunct, which connected Cassia and Minidoka counties, to dump the body into the Snake River.

Cody also stated that he asked Gilberto several times to drop Cody off somewhere, but Gilberto refused. Further, the witness claimed that Cody returned to Rupert that night but that his guilt conscious was never gone. He used to scream during his sleep. According to Cody, he came to know the identity of the deceased when he saw Regina’s missing person flyer at a gas station and claimed that he used to be her classmate at school. Another witness stated that Gilberto and Cody were seen at a party the night of the murder, and she saw them burying the murder weapon in the box.

Carlos Tena, the third witness, claimed that he had known Gilberto for over 30 years. They were both involved in illegal drug and firearms dealing for a Mexican cartel. Carlos claimed that Gilberto allegedly mentioned Regina to him multiple times, citing how unfortunate it was for her “to be disposed of that way” and how “the feds were poking at him again.”

Gilberto Rodriguez Where are You Now?

Gilberto’s defense counsel tried to dismiss the witnesses by citing their criminal records and raising doubts about their credibility but to no avail. Gilberto was convicted by a jury of first-degree murder on June 20, 2021. Sentenced to Life in Prison According to official records, the 60 year-old is currently serving his sentence at Idaho State Correctional Institution Unit 11.

Cody Thompson is Where Are You Today?

Cody Thompson was already in prison serving a life sentence after being convicted in Ada County, Idaho of male rape. A long list of previous convictions had him convicted of 2 counts each of burglary, grand theft, witness intimidation, and other charges. These were all in Minidoka. He said that he was afraid for his family’s safety and had been carrying the guilt of the crime for over 24 years. The defense counsel questioned him and he stated that he didn’t have any incentive to lie. He also claimed that he was further implicating his self while serving a sentence of life.

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Cody Thompson

According to court records, the 44-year old is currently incarcerated at the prison cell at the Idaho State Correctional Center B Block, Boise (Idaho). 

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