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New Details in Tusing Murder Case

An undated photo of Amanda Tusing, whose body was discovered June 18, 2000, near Lester after going missing four days earlier. (KAIT File) An undated photo of Amanda Tusing, whose body was discovered June 18, 2000, near Lester after going missing four days earlier. (KAIT File)
Searchers look for Amanda Tusing in June 2000 on Big Bay Ditch off the St. Francis River near Lester in eastern Craighead County. (KAIT File) Searchers look for Amanda Tusing in June 2000 on Big Bay Ditch off the St. Francis River near Lester in eastern Craighead County. (KAIT File)

July 24, 2003 - Posted at: 4:32 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, Ark. -- Parents of a murder victim are hopeful a new source of information will help investigators find her killer.

"We've been waiting three years to get any piece of information," said Susan Tusing, Amanda Tusing's mother.

According to Sheriff Jack McCann, an individual came forward a month ago to give investigators names of people who could be linked to the 20-year-old's murder.

McCann said Thursday, "From what this person's said, and like I say, we've been working on this for about a month now, and so far, it's held up."

Tusing was last seen driving to her house in Dell from her fiances' home in Jonesboro on June 14, 2000. Her body was found in Big Bay Ditch in eastern Craighead County on June 18, four days after her car was discovered undisturbed alongside Highway 18 near Monette.

Tusing's death was ruled a drowning.

Susan Tusing explained, "Just to think that there might be a little something brings us a lot of hope."

McCann remains optimistic, but said there is nothing to solidly tie someone to the murder as of yet.

It has been previously rumored that a law enforcement officer could have been involved in the murder, because it appeared Tusing's car was pulled over to the side of the road. When asked if the new information implicates and law enforcement personnel, McCann said, "We're almost certain it was not a police officer." The sheriff hasn't ruled out that the murderer could have been acting as an officer.

Many tips over the last three years have lead investigators to dead ends.

"You can't help but get your hopes up," explained Susan Tusing," and it's a big let down when it doesn't follow through."

The Tusings wish that this time a killer will be found, but they believe it will only happen with help from residents in northeast Arkansas who have information about their daughter's death.

"This could happen to anyone's daughter, their girlfriend, their wife, their mother; and until we know who did this and get them off the streets, everybody is at risk. I just want anyone that knows anything, no matter how small, to please tell the police," pleads Susan Tusing.

If you have any information in this case, contact your local law enforcement office, or call the Craighead County Sheriff's Department at (870) 933-4555. A reward of $8,000 is still being offered for information that leads investigators to Amanda's killer.

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