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New Leads in Cold Case of Local Murdered Girl


Killeen detectives have received new leads in a 16 year-old cold case of a murdered seven year-old girl.

 Danydia Thompson was abducted on her way to Marlboro Elementary school in 1997. It was a high profile case and hundred of people joined in the search for Danydia. Eight days after her disappearance two Fort Hood soldiers found her remains in a trash bag on the side of Highway 195, just eight miles south of Killeen.

 Witnesses say they last saw the little girl the morning of her abduction near the intersection of Jeffries and Business 190, being carried away from school on piggyback by a man.

 Even with a description of the suspect the original investigators were unable to catch her killer.

 The case has remained cold but not closed all this time. Detective Fred Harris inherited the case and has been working it for the past three years. He didn't want to go into details about the new leads. But he seemed confident they were solid and worth following up on.

 "Anytime we get new leads, we kind of hope it does narrow down suspects, different information that comes in will hopefully and eventually lead us to a suspect. We are not going to stop this investigation until justice is served," said Harris.

 Detective did make it clear that there is still more work to be done with this case. Killeen police asked to have Danydia's case featured on the new Department of Public Safety Cold Case website, they launched last week. So far no tips have come in but Detective Harris says he looks forward to the leads it will generate.

 News Channel 25 reached out to a couple of members of the Thompson family but they preferred to not have to talk on camera until there's a break in the case and the killer has been found.

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