A teenager is found murdered by his girlfriend, and the prime suspect is the rival for her affections.

Mahfuz Huq


Gender: Male
DOB: 7/8/66
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 160 lbs. approx.
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black


Early in the morning of August 9, 1989, Christie Mutzfeld arrived at the home of her boyfriend, only to flee in terror moments later:

“I saw him laying on the floor, and I screamed his name, and I could see just by looking at him that something was very wrong, wasn’t right.”

Christie’s boyfriend, Todd Kelley, was dead. He had been stabbed seven times in the chest, back, and wrist. Christie was in shock. Just hours earlier, the two lovers had been here together.

Todd was found stabbed to death

When Hamilton, Indiana, investigators questioned Christie, they learned that she was at the center of a love triangle. She had been involved with both Todd and another man. Christy’s other lover was now the prime suspect in Todd’s murder.

Christie had met Todd during their junior year in high school. According to Christie, it was love at first sight, especially for Todd:

“After graduation, he asked me to marry him, and I guess I said no. I really wasn’t ready. I thought there were other things I really wanted to do right, and that’s pretty much where we broke it off, right there.”

The next fall, Christie enrolled in a small college just seven miles from Hamilton. She said she soon began dating a student named Mahfuz Huq:

“He was very outgoing, very energetic. He was interested in what I had to say, and he was interested in what I thought and what I believed in.”

A blood stain was found in the bedroom

But Mahfuz was not what he seemed to be. Shortly after he met Christie, he was arrested for three separate robberies. In one of them, he stole $100,000 worth of jewelry from his own aunt. Christie said his personality changed after the incident:

“After he was arrested and put under house arrest, he became very possessive. He said that if he ever saw me with anybody else that he would probably kill them and then kill me.”

A few months later, Christie rekindled her romance with Todd. But Mahfuz, who lived nearby, didn’t back off.   The day before the murder, Todd was at the home of a friend, Mike Kuhn, when Mahfuz showed up unexpectedly:

“Mahfuz asked Todd if he was going to quit seeing her. And Todd told him no. Their voices were never raised or anything like that. They shook hands, I mean. And, really, it just seemed like it was pretty much all over and done with, you know?”

Christie Mutzfeld and Todd Kelly

Thirty-six hours later, Todd was dead, and his house was swarming with police.   Authorities determined that he was murdered at around 3:15 a.m. Investigators immediately noticed that the crime scene had been tampered with.

According to Steuben County, Indiana, Sheriff L.M. McClelland, Todd’s body had been cleaned up, and then moved into the living room from another part of the house:

“Upon further checking of the house, we noticed there were no sheets on the bed in the bedroom. We also discovered a spot where there was blood on the floor in the bedroom. It was very hard to find this at first because it had been wiped clean.”

Mahfuz had previously been arrested for robbery

In the yard, police found several cigarette butts that matched the brand smoked by Mahfuz. He became their prime suspect, but he was no where to be found. Two eyewitnesses told police they had seen Mahfuz between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. on the night of the murder. He had been walking barefoot in the direction of Todd’s house. Christie said that at that very same moment, she and Todd were together inside:

“When we were in bed, I heard noises outside. I really thought that something was outside. And Todd said it was probably just a dog, ’cause he had a dog tied up out back. He said it was nothing to worry about. It was getting kind of late, and I told him I had to go home, ’cause I hadn’t really been home in quite a while, and I knew my father would be upset, so we left. He said he was going to stay up all night and he wanted to get something to drink.”

Christie says that at 2:30 a.m., she and Todd drove into town. She believes Mahfuz entered the house while they were gone:

“We drove back to his house and said goodbye in the car, and he gave me a kiss.”

Mahfuz Huq

Christie says she dropped Todd back at his house right around 3 a.m. The coroner determined that he was murdered just 15 minutes later. At 4:30 a.m., Mahfuz called Christie from his parents’ house, 10 miles away. Two hours later, he showed up in her bedroom. According to Christie, she broke off their relationship for good, not knowing what he had done:

“It kind of scared me, the tone of voice he had. I said, ‘Excuse me?’ He said, ‘I hope you have a happy life,’ and then he walked out.

At first glance, it seemed like an open and shut case. Mahfuz Huq had murdered Todd Kelley in a fit of jealous rage, and fled. But Todd Kelley’s family noticed some inconsistencies in Christie’s story.   Vernon Kelley, Todd’s father, thinks she knows more than she’s saying:

“According to all the evidence that we have dug up and the evidence the police have, there is no way that she was not there. She had to be there during the murder. When Todd and Christie returned home, they probably started making love, and Mahfuz waited in the bushes. When he saw what was happening, that’s when his jealousy took over and he could no longer control himself and decided to finish the act. When Christie said she heard the noise, it was Mahfuz coming in the door. I do believe at that point, Mahfuz convinced her to help him cover up the murder.”

Christie has said that the accusation is just not true:

“I don’t know why they want to blame me. I mean, I know Todd and I had our hardships and I hurt him and he hurt me.”

The idea that Christie was involved hasn’t been given much credence by Sheriff McClelland:

“The possibility of an accomplice is pure speculation at this point in time. There’s no hard evidence.”

Todd’s father thinks Mahfuz had to have help:

“It amazes me how a man could, alone, clean up that entire room, clean up the entire mess he had made, move the body, entirely clean the body, and also walk all the way back home in the amount of time that they had reported receiving another phone call. He had to have some help.”

The Kelley family believes that Christie gave Mahfuz a ride home. They also question her statement about what happened when she returned to Todd’s house at seven that morning. Sheriff McClelland said that Christy claims she did not immediately notice Todd’s body when she returned, even though it was lying right by the front door:

“We’re not accusing Christie. The only problem is that we feel there’s some inconsistencies in the things that she has told us. We’ve asked Christie for a polygraph examination, and she has refused to do that.”

Christie maintains that she’s been maligned:

“Todd’s family, they’ve been very hard on me from the beginning. They harass me, they accuse me, unjustly accuse me of everything. They wouldn’t even let me go to his funeral. I realize they’re hurting, and I don’t think that they realize that I’m hurting, too.”


Mahfuz Huq was finally arrested in India and was extradited to the United States. Huq pleaded guilty to the murder of Todd Kelley, and was sentenced to 40 years in prison.

Watch this case now on Amazon Prime in season five with Robert Stack and in season three with Dennis Farina. Also available on YouTube with Dennis Farina. Various seasons available now on Hulu.



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    Bill Blaski

    This Mahfuz sounds like a true scum bag! I don’t care what he did after the murder. He must be held accountable and spend the rest of his life in prison. How can you enter a man’s home and stab him with a buck knife? Sorry for Todd’s family, I’d love to hear if Christie Mutzfeld has moved on and get an update on her.


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    Christy was publicly accused with having something to do with Todd’s death. This has been proven to be false. The program should have made that absolutely clear when they aired the program again with the update of Mahfuz’s arrest. Pretty scary they can throw out any accusation they want on national television and then not make it clear It was proved false.


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    I hope you realize your story affects more than just the victims family. It affects the family of the defendant too. Who after 25 years after the accusations spent all of it committed to becoming a better person and giving back to the less fortunate. A country like Bangladesh with poverty at every street corner. Children bathing in sewers because that is the only water they have access too. He was a big member of being able to help eradicate this issue and to help these children. He has a family that you deprived them of a father, a husband, a leader. You deprived international students at the International American School in Dhaka of a teacher that many loved and respected. People from all over the world flew in to testify for Mahfuz Huq. People from all over the world. That must show something that a change has happened in the man. Why else would they show up in support of him. He has touched more lives in the last 25 years than many do in their entire lifetimes. He did more in those last 25 years to service others and to support others than most people can do in two lifetimes. Doesn’t that show something. That he has turned his life around in the last 25 years? Sentencing him 40 years just sentences his family to 40 years of hardship. The whole point of prison is for people to change and learn from the actions they have committed so that they can be a benefit not a harm to society. Mahfuz has clearly shown he is a benefit to society in the last 25 years. This sentence is only affecting the victims family to 40 years of hardship and pain. Causing his entire extended family to carry the weight of his now fatherless family on their shoulders. I hope you realize what you have written and how your story affects more than just the victims family. I respect the Kelly family and the hardship they have been through. I understand their pain and I and remorseful with them. But to them, this sentence is justice being served. How though? Justice is when a family becomes fatherless for the next forty years, causing students to lose the opportunity to learn from a friend and trusted individual, and for a community filled with the less fortunate to lose out on an individual who was trying to help? Is justice taking the life away from a man who has clearly shown he has changed and was out of his old life of crime and harm and into a new life of selflessness and volunteerism? If that is your definition of justice and the Kelly’s version of justice, then the world really is in a state worse than ever. Who wins with this decision of sending him to prison for 40 years? Tell me, who really wins? Does the Kelly family win? They do if they are ignorant to the fact that they just locked away a father, and husband, an uncle, a teacher, a humanitarian, a caregiver, and most of all, a benefit to society especially to the kids in Dhaka, Bangladesh who do not know if there mothers will survive the night due to malnourishment, lack of genuine hygiene, and basic human necessities. But if the Kelly family thinks about it, they did not win at all. They deprived society and families of this individual who has clearly shown he has changed. Think about Mahfuz’s family, actually think about the hardship they face. An eye for an eye makes the world blind.


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    Hello, Unsolved Mysteries. I just want to know why Dr. Arvind Sinha was removed from your website. Has the case been solved?


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      Unfortunately we do not currently have a law enforcement agency that is assigned to that case, so we are not accepting tips at this time.


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    Ernest Holton

    Justice Has Been Served He Will Spend The Rest OF His Life 40 Years In Prison For What He Did And He Will Have To Live With Himself For What He Did


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    Glad this case was solved. All the evidence pointed to Huq. He was seen walking near the crime scene. Plus, he knew about Todd and wanted Christie for himself. These crimes ruin several families. 40 years prison should incarcerate Huq for the rest of his natural life.


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    chad wallen

    t too would like to hear christies and mahfuz repeat testimaonies of that night.christy know more than she is sa ing


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    betty degraw

    Ii miss my apoted uncle Todd he Was the greatest man on earth he won’t hurt no one at all my nickname from him was pumpkin I Was 3 years old when he got murdered and I miss him like crazy mad I have dreams about it and when me and my grandpa passes that place where uncle Todd was murder it gives me the creeps because in mg dreams he’s a ghost watching over me and I cry I miss you uncle Todd Allen Kelley when I saw it on unsolved mysteries I cry I when to my mom I say is that uncle Todd getting murdered she goes yes sweetie I when in my bedroom and Erica that wAs my friend at the time she goes sissy are. You alright I say no that Was my favorite uncle my mom goes do you remember what nickname he give you when you where little I say yes she goes what waS IT I SAYED PUMPKIN GOES THATS RIGHT GIRL AND ERICA GOES PUMPKIN FHATS CUTE AND I LOOKED AT HER I SAY DONT CALL ME PUMPKIN AND ERICA WHEN TO MH MO WHAT IS HER PROBLEM SHE GOES TBE ONLYING ONE THat to call her that wAs her uncle Todd she God a oh I Am sorry I when that’s alright Erica she goes are you gonna be fine I say yes and no she goes oh ok thAT DIDNT MAKE ny since my mom goes Erica just leave her alone for right now and yes she well be fine Erica goes yes but she has nightmares and dream a Bout it my mom goes you do daughter I say yes mom what makes a big deal about it I least uncle Todd won’t hurt me I say my MO goes.no he won’t he’s your uncle Todd I say and he well always be my uncle Todd no matter what anyone say a and uncle Todd 28 years old And I well be 29 here pretty soon if got saw me you well probably freak out well you Wong never every be forgotten in my book or heart and soul alters your approved niece betty degraw


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Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. is the owner of this Website and retains all ownership rights to the information collected at this Website. Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. reserves the right to change, modify, add, or remove provisions of this Privacy Statement. Any changes to this Privacy Statement will be posted here, and we encourage you to check back from time to time. In addition, Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. will notify registered users of changes as they occur.

We allow third-party companies to serve ads and/or collect certain anonymous information when you visit our web site. These companies may use non-personally identifiable information (e.g., click stream information, browser type, time and date, subject of advertisements clicked or scrolled over) during your visits to this and other Web sites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services likely to be of greater interest to you. These companies typically use a cookie or third party web beacon to collect this information. To learn more about this behavioral advertising practice or to opt-out of this type of advertising, you can visit networkadvertising.org. Your use of the site constitutes your agreement to accept cookies, beacons and third-party advertising. Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. assumes no responsibility for third-party ads.

ARTICLE 1. Personalization
1.1 We may use the contact information you give us to better tailor your Website experience to your interests, and to send you information about Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. and its services as well as promotional material on behalf of some of our partners. We may use other information that you provide to us to show you content in which you may be interested and to display the content according to your preferences. We will also share this information within Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. in order to enhance your experience on this and other Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. Websites.
1.2 In addition, we may share this information with advertisers or other third parties that are not part of the Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. family on an aggregate or other basis that does not disclose your identity or contact information.

ARTICLE 2. Online Surveys/Contests
2.1 From time to time, we may conduct online surveys and contests. These may ask you for contact information (like name or email address) and demographic information (like zip code or age).
2.2 We may use this contact information from our surveys and contests to provide you with information about our company and promotional material on behalf of some of our partners, and to contact you when necessary.

ARTICLE 3. Shopping/Commercial Services
3.1 This Website may offer shopping services, which may be offered by us or by a firm that operates a store under contract with us. If our Website offers shopping or other commercial services, you will use a customer order form to request information, products, and services. The order form will ask you to give us contact information (like name or email address), financial information (like account or credit card numbers), and demographic information (like zip code or age).

3.2 We will use the financial information that you provide to bill you for products and services. By giving our Website your credit card and related personal information, you are authorizing our store to give that information to the merchant and credit card company in order to confirm and fulfill your order.

3.3 We will use contact information from the order form to fulfill your orders. We may also use contact data to get in touch with you when necessary. We will not otherwise use or distribute your financial information without your prior approval.

ARTICLE 4. Public forums
4.1 This Website may make available chat rooms, blogs, forums, message boards, and news groups. Please remember that any information that you disclose in these areas becomes public information and you should exercise caution when deciding to disclose your personal information. Information disclosed by you or by others enters the public domain and may be freely used by any other persons or entities using the site.

ARTICLE 5. Information Sharing With Third Parties
5.1 From time to time we may enter into a special relationship with another company that is not owned by Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. to provide additional features at this Website. These special relationships may include “powered by” partners, business partners, sponsors, and co-branded sites (referred to here as “co-branded pages”). These might include, for example, pages that share our name and that of another entity. You should look for a specific privacy statement on any such co-branded page. Any personal information that you provide when signing up at one of those co-branded pages may be shared with our third party partner. You should also check our partner’s website for information regarding its privacy policies.

5.2 Also, the nature of some features of our Website may require that we share personal information about you with persons or companies outside of Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. For example, this may occur at a feature that enables you, via our Website, to ask questions of persons or entities that are not part of Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. By responding to those features of the site, whether by email or direct entry of information on our Website, you are consenting to our transferring that information to such persons or entities.

5.3 With respect to specific registration modules, like contests, we may disclose personal information collected, and we may post a conspicuous statement on the registration module to the effect that we will be disclosing the information collected with third parties.

5.4 Finally, we may share any of the information collected from you with these other non- Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc companies in an aggregate basis. The aggregated information is not linked to any information that can identify you.

ARTICLE 6. IP Address and Log Files
6.1 We may use your IP address to administer our Website, to help diagnose problems with our server, to analyze trends, to track users’ webpage movements, to help identify you and your shopping cart, and to gather broad demographic information for aggregate use.

ARTICLE 7. Cookies
7.1 This Website may use a standard technology called a “cookie” to collect information about how you use the Website. Cookies reside on your computer and help our Website to recognize your computer’s browser as a previous visitor. This information allows us to customize delivery of information. For example, our Website may use cookies to save and remember registration information or preferences that you may have set while browsing the Website, to keep track of your shopping cart, to ensure you don’t see the same ad content repeatedly, to deliver content specific to your interests, and to save your password so you do not have to re-enter it each time you visit our site. We use cookies only to gather information as indicated in this policy.

7.2 In addition, on occasion our site may also set a “session cookie” which helps us administer the Website. The session cookie expires when you close your browser and does not retain any information about you after it expires.

7.3 Finally, we may also use an ad network provider to help present advertisements on this and other Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. websites. This ad network provider, like other advertising service vendors, uses cookies, web beacons, or similar technologies on the hard drive of your computer to serve you advertisements tailored to interests you have shown by browsing on this and other sites you have visited, and to determine whether you have seen a particular advertisement before and to avoid sending you duplicate advertisements. In doing so, the provider collects non-personal data such as your browser type, your operating system, web pages visited, time of visits, content viewed, ads viewed, and other clickstream data. The use of cookies, web beacons, or similar technologies by these ad network providers is subject to their own privacy policies, not ours, and Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. assumes no responsibility for the collection or use of such information.

ARTICLE 8. Banner Advertising
8.1 We have contracted with an ad-service to place banner advertising on our Website. All of the data provided and generated by the ad-server software remains in our possession. This feature of our Website may, on occasion, set “cookies” on your computer. Any information collected or stored by the ad-service or the cookies is treated in the same manner as other information described in this statement.

ARTICLE 9. Children’s Personal Information
9.1 Consistent with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act:

9.1.1 This site does NOT collect, use, or disclose personal information (including online contact information) of children under the age of thirteen (13).

9.1.2 In the event that a child under the age of 13 attempts to register on our site, we will NOT accept the registration and will delete information received from the child.

9.1.3 In the event that a child posts personal information in a public forum such as a chat room, we will attempt to delete that information once we become aware of it.

ARTICLE 10. Security of Your Personal Information
10.1 Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. employs reasonable security measures consistent with standard industry practice, for information collected through this Website. We believe that we have adequate security measures in place in our physical facilities to protect against the loss, misuse, or alteration of the information we collect on our Website. We also use internal protections to limit access to users’ personal information to only those employees who need the information to perform a specific job.

ARTICLE 11. Sale or Merger
11.1 If this Website is sold to, or merges with, another company not owned by Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc., you should expect that some or all of the information collected from this Website may be transferred to the buyer/surviving company. If so, CMP will seek to obligate the acquiring company to use any personal information transferred by this Website in a manner consistent with this statement, but cannot guarantee that it will be able to impose that requirement or that the acquiring company will comply.

ARTICLE 12. Legal Process
12.1 You should be aware that Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. may be required to disclose your personal information to the government or third parties under certain circumstances, such as in court or regulatory proceedings.

ARTICLE 13.  Contacting the Website

13.1        If you have any questions about this Privacy Statement, the practices of this Website, or your dealings with this Website, please contact us at: unsolved@unsolved.com.

ARTICLE 14.  general information

14.1        Choice of Law:  This Agreement and the Additional Terms shall be governed by, construed and enforced in accordance with the laws of the State of California , as it is applied to agreements entered into and to be performed entirely within such state, without regard to conflict of law principles.

14.2        Choice of Forum:  You agree that any cause of action you or Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. brings to enforce this Agreement and/or the Additional Terms, or in connection with any matters related to this Website and/or the Privacy Statement, shall be submitted to arbitration in the County of Los Angeles, State of California, United States of America in accordance with the commercial rules and regulations of the American Arbitration Association then in effect (as amended herein), provided that said arbitration shall be heard before a single arbitrator, who shall be a retired judge, selected pursuant to such rules and regulations, and shall be conducted on an expedited basis and in confidence. The arbitrator’s decision shall be controlled by the terms and conditions of this agreement and any other agreements I may enter into with you, and shall be final and binding, and shall provide for each party to bear its own costs of arbitration and attorneys’ fees.  Each party expressly waives any right to a jury.  Judgment upon the award of the arbitrator may be entered or enforced in any court of competent jurisdiction. 

14.4        If any provision of this Agreement, or the application thereof to any person or circumstances, is held invalid or for any reason unenforceable then such provision shall be deemed superseded by a valid, enforceable provision that matches, as closely as possible, the original provision, and the other provisions of this Agreement shall remain in full force and effect.  The failure of either party to insist upon strict performance of any provision of this Agreement shall not be construed as a waiver of any provision or right.  Unless expressly provided otherwise, this Agreement is the entire agreement between you and Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. with respect to the use of this Website and shall not be modified except in writing, signed by an authorized representative of Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc.

ARTICLE 15.  European Union and Other Foreign Nations

15.1        This Website is governed by and operated in accordance with the laws of United States of America and is intended for enjoyment of residents of the United States.  Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. makes no representation that this Website is governed by or operated in accordance with the laws of other nations.  By using this Website and submitting any personal information, visitors from outside of the United States acknowledge this Website is subject to U.S. law, consent to the transfer of personal data to the U.S., and waive any claims that may arise under their own national laws.