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By Len Kiese - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – The family of a murdered Albany teenager hopes the trail hasn't gone cold. January 12th marks the 18th anniversary of Katrice McKinney's death.

On that day in 1992, McKinney was found strangled in Leesburg. Her killer was never caught. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is now taking a closer look at the case and they want your help.

Cherlithia Mollins-Allen still holds on tightly to pictures of her sister Katrice McKinney. "One of the pictures there is her on her birthday. She was saying she was sweet 16," said Allen.

The birthday photograph of the smiling teenager is one of the last few memories Allen has of her younger sister. "We used to have so much fun together. We used to do so many girly things," said Allen.

The fun times came to a violent end January 12th 1992. Katrice was last seen walking down Residence Avenue in Albany towards Madison Street. Her body was later found miles away on Mossy Dell Road in Leesburg.

"Can't believe it. I miss her," said Allen, "I don't want to accept it because I want my sister back."

The pain is still deep for the family. "We want to find that one missing piece to the puzzle," said Special Agent Lindsay Hooper with GBI.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is again examining two heavy folders full of files from the McKinney case. Special Agent Hooper hopes to heat up the cold case. "We're just trying to generate new leads based on old leads," said Hooper.

That means going back 18 years. "We're going back and interviewing old associates, trying to establish who her friends were, where she hung out," said Hooper.

It's hard work the GBI wants to do to give the family closure. "Her mom passed away not knowing what happened to her or why and I think that's the question that haunts her family is why," said Hooper.

"Why? I want to be at ease with it," said Allen.

Agents and family members hope anyone who saw or heard anything will now come forward. "If they just saw her walking down the street. Anything would help, anything. It really would," said Allen.

Although nothing will bring her sister back, a crack in the cold case could make things a little easier to bear.

If you know anything that could help investigators in this case, contact the Lee County Sheriff's Office at 229-759-6034 or the GBI office in Americus at 229-931-2439.

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