Family pleads for answers in 9-year-long investigation

Published: Mar. 29, 2017 at 9:33 PM MDT
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Wednesday marks the end of another tough year for one Colorado Springs family.

The family of Bekime "Becky" Elshani has been searching for her for nearly a decade.

The then-22-year-old vanished nine years ago. Becky’s family told 11 News she and her then boyfriend, Daniel Dereere, had gotten into a fight the night before.

“They got into an argument here at my parent’s house. He started yelling at her; she kept saying she didn’t want to leave. We kept telling her to stay but Daniel insisted that she left with him. That was the last time I ever saw her,” said Fatime Elshani, Becky’s sister.

Becky was last seen during the early morning hours of March 29, 2008. A few days later, Colorado Springs police officers went to question Dereere at the couple’s apartment. Once Dereere saw police, he shot and killed himself.

11 News sat down with Becky’s father the day after the man he believes killed his daughter committed suicide. The family told us then that when they heard Dereere killed himself, they knew something horrible happened to Becky.

“I think she is dead some place. I feel it in my bones. My daughter is gone. It’s just a matter of time when somebody spots the body,” said Becky’s father, Agim Elshani, back in 2008.

Becky’s blood was found in Dereere’s car. The car was last seen driving in the Woodland Park area.

The family believes Dereere killed Becky and left her body in the mountains. Organized searches over the years haven’t turned up anything and the case has gone cold.

CSPD said it is still an open investigation, so they will look into any tips or leads they get. A police spokesman said they do believe that Becky was murdered.

“[It’s] very depressing. A lot of mourning and confusion,” Fatime said.

Every year on the day of Becky’s disappearance, her family celebrates her life. They hope as the weather gets warmer, a new search will lead them to clues.

“I hope to find, clothes, jewelry, just her remains so we can give her a proper burial, that's what she deserves,” Fatime told 11 News Wednesday.

The family is offering a $5,000 reward to anyone with information on where Becky’s remains may be.

They told 11 News they plan to organize another search group sometime in June. An official date has not been decided on yet.