GBI needs help solving 'heinous' murder

By Laura Ann Sills - bioemail

AMERICUS, GA (WTVM) - It has been exactly a year since an Americus, GA family discovered their mother brutally murdered in her home.  And, they still have no answers.

The Americus Police, Sumter County Sheriff's Office, and the GBI need your help putting the pieces together for what they call a heinous murder.

The official cause of death is still not being released in the case of Dorothy Sheffield.

Her family is hoping for answers, daughter Victoria Nelson said, "It has been very hard, because we do not have any information of why this happened or who did it or anything.  And, I do not have a mom and they do not have a grandmother."

Sheffield's family is looking for closure in their mother's brutal murder.

A family member made the gruesome discovery. The 46-year-old's body was found in the bathroom of her home.

Exactly one year later, all law enforcement working the case said the cold case is still very active.  "It is not like TV, not like a movie, not like CSI. It takes a lot of work to do it, a lot of hours and crime scene technicians and law enforcement personnel that worked very diligently on this case," explained Sheriff Pete Smith.

"There are some leads that we have exhausted, but we still have new leads that we are checking into," said GBI Special Agent Terry Howard.

Investigators are pleading with anyone that may have information to come forward.  They say the smallest detail can make or break this case, and even if information does not seem important to you, it might mean something to them.

"We just have one little missing link or one thing that we ca not tie a person down to, but that does not mean it will not happen this afternoon, or happen tomorrow," said Sheriff Smith.

On June 29th, 2009, Sheffield's car was found across to, but no other leads have come from that discovery.

A $1,000 reward is being offered for information in the case.  If you have any details, please call the GBI at 229-931-2439.

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