Lt. Joe Kenda Biography
Lt. Joe Kenda is a retired Colorado Springs Police Department detective lieutenant who was involved in 387 homicide cases over a 23-year career, solving 356, a closure rate of 92%. He was born on August 28, 1946, in Herminie, Pennsylvania as Joseph Patrick Kenda. Kenda is featured on the Investigation Discovery television show Homicide Hunter, where he recounts stories of cases he has solved.
Lt. Joe Kenda Age
Kenda is 76 years old as of 2022, he was born on August 28, 1946, in Herminie, Pennsylvania as Joseph Patrick Kenda. He celebrates his birthday on August 28, every year.
Lt. Joe Kenda Height
Kenda stands at a height of 5 feet 11 ½ inches (1.82 m) tall
Lt. Joe Kenda Weight
Kenda has a weight of 72 kgs (159 Ibs)
Lt. Joe Kenda Family
Joe was born and raised by his parents in Herminie, Pennsylvania, about 30 miles (48 km) southeast of Pittsburgh. His paternal grandparents immigrated in the year 1913 from Čezsoča in what is now Slovenia; his grandfather Josef, for whom he was named, was killed in a coal mining accident in the year 1933.
Joe’s father, William, served as an intelligence officer in the United States Army during World War II, and later ran a trucking business. Joe’s mother, Virginia (née Morrissey), was originally from Colorado Springs.
At a young age, Joe was fascinated with crime, especially murder. Joe recalls a childhood trip to the Pittsburgh Zoo, where a sign near the primate house declared, (Around this corner is the most dangerous animal on Earth); turning a corner Joe found himself staring into a mirror.
Lt. Joe Kenda Education
Joe graduated from Greensburg Central Catholic High School in the year 1964. Joe attended the University of Pittsburgh, and he married his high school girlfriend Mary Kathleen “Kathy” Mohler in the year 1967.
After graduating with a B.A. in political science, Joe earned a master’s degree in international relations from Ohio State University in the year 1970.
Joe abandoned plans for a career with the Foreign Service after a classified briefing with the Central Intelligence Agency left him unimpressed. Joe worked for a time at his father’s trucking business. In 1973, Joe, his wife, and two children moved to Colorado Springs, where he joined the police department.
Lt. Joe Kenda Wife
Kenda married his beloved wife Mary Kathleen Mohler Kenda, on December 26, 1967. They have two children — Dan, a retired United States Navy commander, along with Kris, a retired United States Air Force major.
They all appeared on the Homicide Hunter episode (Married to the Job), which aired on February 6, 2019, along with within the series finale (The End) on January 29, 2020.
Since 2017, Kenda has been residing in the Tidewater region of Virginia; his role in the series is filmed in Colorado Springs.
Lt. Joe Kenda Net Worth
Kenda has an estimated net worth of $4 million dollars as of 2022. Which she accumulates from her career as a retired Colorado Springs Police Department detective lieutenant who was involved in 387 homicide cases over a 23-year career, solving 356, a closure rate of 92%.
Lt. Joe Kenda American Detective, Homicide Hunter
With the Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD), Joe eventually became a homicide detective. Joe worked in the CSPD homicide unit for over 19 years and eventually led the homicide department.
“I loved the work,” he said. “My wife – not so much.” Joe investigated 387 homicide cases, solving 356, a closure rate of 92%. Joe credited his ability to close cases to being a student of human nature and being good at telling when people were lying.
In 1990, Joe investigated the case of a woman named Dianne Hood who was murdered at a lupus support group meeting by an attacker who took her purse. According to Joe, the case “met the standard for a Hollywood plot” as well as received a great deal of media attention, including a People magazine story and several books.
For the next several years, Joe was unhappy with retirement and went through a withdrawal stage. Joe then worked as a special needs school bus operator for a decade starting in 1998.
Both his resignation from the CSPD as well as a period as a bus driver are shown at The End, the final episode of Homicide Hunter.
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