A haunting murder investigation that started almost a year and a half ago still has the small town of Las Animas wondering, why isn't anyone behind bars?
Twenty-eight-year-old Chasity Stine was found strangled to death in a field just outside of Las Animas in April 2007.
Chasity was a mother of three living in her hometown of Las Animas. She was going to raise her children there until someone snatched that dream from under her.
"What happened?" said Nicole Stine-Even, the victim's sister.
It's the million dollar question in a murder investigation that seemed to have an easy answer when Chasity's ex-boyfriend skipped town and was named a person of interest almost immediately.
The Colorado Bureau of Investigations told 11 News on Monday that DNA results are in. The question now is, what are investigators waiting for?
11 News has been asking for months and finally on Monday after a number of phone calls The Colorado Bureau of Investigations revealed that now the fate of this case lies in the hands of a grand jury.
"If we have a suspect's DNA profile we can do a comparison and we can look and see whether they match or whether that individual can be excluded," said Ronald Arndt, Agent In Charge of the Biological Unit for The Colorado Bureau of Investigations.
Bent County 16TH Judicial District Attorney Rodney Fouracre told 11 News three months ago that some DNA results from the murder scene had been tested and that the results were in, but he and investigators have remained tight-lipped about the case. "I can't discuss the results of any tests," said Fouracre. 11 News asked him whether they were looking for more DNA evidence and this was Fouracre's response, "We're looking for, the investigation is continuing." He goes on to say, "It's not uncommon to wait anywhere from six months to a year for results." Except, the DNA in this case has been under investigation for more than a year. Fouracre said, "It has but the investigation has been ongoing throughout."
Chasity got a restraining order against Isom, the father of her three children, just one week before she went missing. 11 News met with Isom face to face two months ago. We asked him if he killed her and he said, "No. No I did not."
Isom skipped town the day Chasity's body was discovered in April of 2007. It's a mistake Isom admitted to. When Isom showed up in June of 2007 investigators took samples of his DNA, and 13 months later Chasity Stine's family is still searching for answers. Chasity's children are even asking questions no child should ask.
"They, like everyone else want to know what happened. Pretty much the only thing that they say is that they need to find the people that hurt their mom," said Stine-Even.
It was only after 11 News started prodding for answers that we were able to learn that the case had been turned over to a grand jury to decide whether there's enough evidence to move forward or not.
Fouracre said he does not believe the case will turn cold and neither does Chasity's family. "I don't think that it's going to end up in a cold case. I think that it's going to get solved," said Stine-Even.
Until then whoever did it is still walking free. "They can go about their daily lives and my sister can't," said Stine-Even.
"It's like watching a movie about something horrible happening and having it turn into reality," said Stine-Even. The only difference is this movie isn't over yet.
On Monday Stine-Even told 11 News that the estranged boyfriend, Isom, has been stripped of all of his parental rights to his three children for allegedly refusing to show up for custody court. The kids are staying with their mother's parents.
The district attorney is also asking for help. If you know something about Chasity Stine's murder please contact The Colorado Bureau of Investigations at 719-542-1133.