Family honors cold case victim 20 years after her death

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – It's a murder case gone cold for 20 years. Columbus Police Department investigators said they're still working to find out who shot and killed 37-year-old Laura Mae Chaney in 1998.

Chaney's body was discovered early morning on Jan. 4 - her body, riddled with bullets outside an apartment in what was then called Peabody Apartments off Talbotton Road. The neighborhood has since been remodeled and named Ashley Station.

CPD believes a gunman shot Chaney at around 5 a.m. So far, in its investigation, CPD's Cold Case unit has said it has evidence from the crime scene, but can't reveal it until someone comes forward with the right information.

In a 2016 interview, Sgt. Randy Long with CPD told News Leader 9 the information his office has collected is important, only for people who know what happened. When someone does come forward, Long said, he'll know for sure if they're telling the truth.

For now, Chaney's family said it will honor the mother of seven children with a small memorial, a balloon release, on Jan. 22. They added they will host this in the very spot her body was found, in hopes that a witness will finally come forward with information.

CPD said all it takes is one phone call to investigators, to help them put the pieces together and potentially arrest whoever's responsible for Chaney's murder.

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