GREENBELT, Md. (WJZ)–Prince George’s County Police are trying to light a fire under a 20-year-old cold case -the murder of high school senior Julie Ferguson in 1995.

Pat Warren reports, friends and family marked the 20th anniversary with a plea for information.

They were kids in high school when their friend Julie Ferguson was murdered, and 20 years later it still weighs heavily on their minds.

17-year-old Julie Ferguson was last seen at a shopping center in Greenbelt, waiting for a ride home from friends.

Her body was found the next morning at an athletic field 3 miles away. That field is now the Julie Ferguson shelter and play area and it’s where family and friends gathered to remember her life and hopefully find justice for her death 20 years later.

“At 5:15 this morning 20-years-ago Julie Ferguson was found brutally murdered right where we are today. Her throat was viciously cut and she was strangled to death. No one deserves, let alone Julie, to die that way,” said Detective Bernard Nelson, Prince George’s County Police.

Today’s vigil was organized by her former classmates.

“We’d love for this case to get solved and get some closure for the family and for all of us, said Raul Schuett, a former classmate.

Police are asking for any information, no matter how insignificant it might seem. There is a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Julie’s killer.

Police say a witness reported seeing Julie Ferguson talking with three people in a car the night she was killed. Those three people have never been found.

Anyone with information should contact Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS.

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