TIFT CO., GA (WALB) - 13-years after a mysterious murder in Tift County, the victim's family is still hoping for answers.
"The day that Candy...Candy gone missing I kind of had a feeling that something was wrong," said Candy Cook's older sister Tonya Jewett.
That dreadful day broke the souls of a tight-knit family, leaving a hole in the hearts of a sister and a son that somehow find healing near the woods where Candy was strangled.
Jewett reminisced on Candy's laugh which sounded to her like a cackling hen.
On September 23, 2003, 32-year-old, Candy was brutally taken away.
"It's hurts, its hurts really bad and I have this feeling deep down in my stomach that you know whoever is out there you know they are, and all we want is closure," said Jewett.
But that closure remains elusive, and the woods where Candy was found are now fenced in, making it more difficult for her sister to make the same drive she did years ago to be near her.
In 2003, Jewett drove to the spot where Candy was found. She recalled the area having prints of her body.
"We all live with this everyday of our live. I mean not a day goes by that she's not on our mind. We cry, my mom. I don't want her to go to her grave, worrying, wondering why who done it, why," said Jewett.
Growing up without a mother, and forced to be the mother to two younger brothers has been tough on Christopher Robinette.
"There's a lot of things I can't really relate to and you know get off my system because you know she was took from me so early you know," said Robinette.
Even though Candy isn't here physically, the family still feels her presence.
"Something will move, and I'll say I know it's you Candy," said Jewett.
Robinette said she's always here, she just comes in different ways like right now i just felt another gust.
The family said investigators never had any good leads or suspects.
But they hope if anyone knows anything about Candy's death, they will come forward and contact the Tift County Sheriff's Office.