Murdered Poway teen remembered 47 years later

POWAY - Family and friends will hold a vigil Thursday for a Poway teen who was killed 47 years ago.

Nikki Benedict, 14, was walking home when she was stabbed and discovered by an 11-year-old boy on a Poway Road field on May 1, 1967. She was transported to Palomar Medical Center in Escondido where she was pronounced dead upon arrival.

Deputies said an investigation showed evidence of a struggle but her murder remains unsolved.

Loved ones plan to honor Nikki at 6 p.m. Thursday at Poway Community Park.

San Diego County Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward and Nikki's friends are offering a $5,000 reward for any information that leads to the arrest of the person or people responsible for the murder.

Anyone with information is asked to call the San Diego County Sheriff's Department at 858-974-2321.

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