Joe Kenda
Joe Kenda
Real Name/Full Name Joseph Patrick Kenda
Nick Name/Celebrated Name: Joe Kenda
Birth Place: Herminie, Pennsylvania, United States
Date Of Birth/Birthday: 28 August 1946
Age/How Old: 77 years old
Height/How Tall: In Centimetres – 165 cm
In Feet and Inches – 5′ 5″
Weight: In Kilograms – 72 Kg
In Pounds – 159 lbs
Eye Color: Blue
Hair Color: Grey
Parents Name: Father –William
Mother –Virginia
Siblings: Unknown
School: Greensburg Central Catholic High School
College: University of Pittsburgh
Religion: Christian
Nationality: American
Zodiac Sign: Virgo
Gender: Male
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Girlfriend: N/A
Wife/Spouse Name: Mary Kathleen Mohler
Kids/Children Name: Dan, Kris
Profession: Retired Colorado Springs Police Department detective
Net Worth: $4 Million
Last Updated: April 2024

Joseph Patrick Kenda is an American who is a retired Colorado Springs Police Department, as a detective lieutenant. In the course of his 23 years career, he has been involved with 387 homicide cases, out of which he solved 356 with a closure rate of 92%. Currently, he is featured in the Investigation Discovery television, where he hosts the Homicide Hunter show. In this show, he talks about the cases he solved.

Well, how well do you know about Joe Kenda? If not much, we have compiled all you need to know about Joe Kenda’s net worth in 2024, his age, height, weight, wife, kids, biography and complete details about his life. Well, if you’re all set, here is what we know about Joe Kenda to date.

Biography and Early Life

Joe Kenda was born in Herminie, Pennsylvania, on 28 August 1946, where he was also raised. He is the son of William and Virginia Kenda. His father was an intelligence officer during World War II in the United States. He later started a trucking business.

He was fascinated with crime from a young age, and especially murder. At one time during his childhood trips, he saw a sign near a primate house indicating the most dangerous animal on earth around this corner. When he passed the corner, he found himself starring at a mirror.

Age, Height, Weight & Body Measurement

So, how old is Joe Kenda in 2024 and what is his height and weight? Well, Joe Kenda’s age is 77 years old as of today’s date 24th April 2024 having been born on 28 August 1946. Though, he is 5′ 5″ in feet and inches and 165 cm in Centimetres tall, he weighs about 159 lbs in Pound and 72kg in Kilograms.


Kenda graduated in 1964 from Greensburg Central Catholic High School. He later joined the University of Pittsburgh, graduating with a B.A. in Political Science. He married his high school girlfriend while in university. In 1970, he earned his master’s degree in International Relations from Ohio State University.

He was to join Foreign Service after graduating but abandoned it after he was unimpressed by Central Intelligence Agency. He worked in his father’s trucking business before moving with his family to Colorado Springs to join the police department.

Personal Life: Dating, Girlfriends, Wife, Kids

Joe Kenda With Wife Mary Kathleen Mohler'
Joe Kenda With Wife Mary Kathleen Mohler’

Kenda got married to the love of his life, Mary Kathleen Mohler, on 26 December 1967. They had dated from their high school days. Together they have two sons, Dan, who is a retired commander in the United States Navy, and Kris, who is also a retired Air Force major, in the United States. They have also appeared in some episodes of Homicide Hunter, one being in “Married to the Job,” which aired on 6 February 2019, and “The End,” which aired on 29 January 2020.

Is Joe Kenda Gay?

No. Joe is straight as far as sexual orientation is concerned. He is neither gay nor bisexual and has not been involved in such rumors. He has been happily married for a long time to Kathy Mohler and together has two children. They live happily together and are neither fighting nor planning to divorce.

Professional Career

Kenda joined Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) as a homicide detective. He worked with them for over nineteen years, where he was able to investigate 387 homicide cases. He solved 356 out of these cases with a 92% closure rate with his ability to detect when people are lying. When he investigated the case of Dianne Hood, who had been murdered by the same person who stole her purse, the case met Hollywood standards. It also got the attention of different media such as People Magazine and several books.

His wife once convinced her husband to retire as he would be killed one day as he came home late. The family moved to Falcon, Colorado, where he retired after three years. He explained in an interview and in his book that his decision to retire was after a case of a 74 years old man who had sexually assaulted his grandson. Having not enough interrogation rooms on that day, he decided to hear the case in his office. After the man justified his abuse by saying the boy came to him, he felt like killing him and attacked him and left him after fellow officers intervened.

He wrote his resignation letter to be effective 1 September 1996. However, he was not happy with the retirement for some years. He then worked as a special needs bus operator. His later job and his resignation from CSPD are shown in the final episode of Homicide Hunter, The End.

His television career started after he was approached by Patrick Bryant to start a show acting as a homicide detective. Although he was reluctant at first, he eventually agreed. They started the show Homicide Hunter in September 2011, which aired on the Investigation Discovery network. “The End” was their finale series which aired on 29 January 2020. His nest series, “American Detectives,” was announced in December 2020 and premiered on 4 January 2021.


Joe has been popular all through with his ability to solve cases. He was featured in People Magazine, where he talked about the success of solving criminal cases. The show he was hosting, Homicide Hunter, won Telly Award in 2013.

Net Worth, Salary & Earnings of Joe Kenda in 2024

Joe Kenda Net Worth
Joe Kenda Net Worth

As of 2024, Kenda has an estimated net worth of about $4 million. He acquired his wealth from his former career as a Colorado Springs Police Department detective. He has also earned his income from the show he hosted, Homicide Hunter.

Some Interesting Facts You Need To Know

  • He is also active in social media platforms such as Twitter, with over 62k followers.
  • Most of his family members worked in coal mining, and his grandfather met his death while mining coal.

Joe Kenda is a unique man with his ability to solve various criminal cases. He was able to solve most cases with a 92% closure rate. He was able to achieve this as he had a great passion for his career. He is also a renowned television personality, known in the whole of the United States.


  1. For Joe Kenda
    Love the show
    Love your sense of humor

    You and the officers at Colorado Springs did one heck of a job. God Bless your wife for her undying love and devotion to you so you could solve these crimes.
    Looks like your sons took a lot of pride in their careers also.

  2. I believe Joe Kenda has 2 grown children: but they are a son and a daughter, not 2 sons as in his biographical information above.

  3. When you look up dedicated public servant taking responsibility for cleaning up some of the worst events in our society, Joe Kenda’s name shows up in the dictionary. A great man, a homicide detective among the finest of his peers.

  4. Is the True Crimes Show scripted or does Joe Kendra just speak his story? Really enjoy his presentations of each episode.

    • He refused to read a script saying I’m a police officer not an actor. If that’s what you want find someone else according to other biographies.

      ❤️❤️❤️Joe Kenda

  5. They should do some shows about the 8% of the homicides that “got away” and let the arm chair detectives help him solve them..just an idea. Imagine solving 100%! Although 92% is outstanding and crazy high %, it would be a thrill to drop in to the criminals that thought they beat Joe Kenda, and got away. I’ve enjoyed all episodes-but there was 1 I never got to finish-the guy that shot the 38 in the super market, robbing the place but also getting his tail whooped by an employee! I suspected the kid sitting with the other witnesses from the market bcuz they looked hella scared of that guy. I hope they checked his hands for GSR and looked into the produce bins for the weapon! Am I right, was that the gunman? If not, who? I can’t find the ending!

  6. There was an episode where a maintenance man killed an expectant mother of two young boys. The evidence was overwhelming, but the jury found him innocent. Kenda (and I) were both disgusted. He went to NY where he was thrown from the upper level of a high rise building. To me, it was karma. What did Kenda really think?

  7. I’m trying to find Joe Kendas’ new show called ”American Detective” which from his Biography says begun in January, 2021. Can you tell me what channel it is on? The Bio said it is on I.D channel but I have been unable to find it.

  8. I loved it when he said my my,my. Loved his show that he told people about his life as a Detective. And the murders he solved. The actor who played him was good on the series. He’s a cutie. Thank you for sharing your story ❤ !!!

  9. If you really stop and think about it Joe’s career is very remarkable. The amount of time he dedicated himself to the job had to take its toll in many facets. I have watched several if not all of his episodes. I can’t even imagine the horrific images he has investigated . The first time I saw a dead person was life changing, I didn’t know them but knew they belonged to a family somewhere. After the incident every time I closed my eyes the first thing I saw was the body. I call out investigators all the time for the state where I live and the job I have committed to, just hearing about the specifics of the crime are very upsetting. Crime Scene Investigators, like Joe have my utmost respect. I pray all of their dreams to be peaceful by knowing they brought closure for a loved one, and removed a evil deadly person from our society. Thank you for your service, Joe.

  10. I never cared for real life police shows but Joe Kenda changed that. His narration of events was intriguing. His expression, his “oh well now” and “ well my, my, my” raised expectations that all right he’s on to something.
    His wife in real life seems to be hysterically funny and was so understanding about all the middle of the night calls. She and I think it was the woman reporter seemed to have a good relationship.
    Det. Kenda solved 356 cases, only 11 cases were unsolved. That’s phenomenal! I sure wish he could solve an unsolved case in our area.
    I would love to know what he thinks of the terrible treatment of police today, soft sentences, low to no bail etc.
    Thanks Joe!


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