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Jonesboro, AR -- Melissa Simas reports

Psychic Aids in Amanda Tusing Murder Investigation

March 30, 2004 -- Posted 9:00 p.m. CST

Jonesboro, AR -- It took 4 days back in June of 2000 to find the body of 20 year-old Amanda Tusing in the St. Francis River. Now almost 4 years later investigators continue to search for a suspect.

Back in February, K-8 News reported that the Craighead County Sheriff's Department had enlisted the help of Psychic Carla Baron from California to help crack this case. Susan Tusing had suggested using Baron's abilities.

"My work is only as good as good police work," said Baron.

For the past few months, investigators have been looking into leads provided by Baron.

"Now we're honing in on various details to this skeletal solution that I had found psychically," said Baron.

Craighead County Sheriff Jack McCann says they've interviewed several people, and so far nothing has materialized. But their involvement with Carla Baron is not over. Investigators are still following one specific tip.

"One day this week we'll be interviewing at least two people over this," said Sheriff McCann.

A few months ago Baron told K-8 News she knew the first name of Mandy's killer. Today she tells us investigators may have found that person.

"I do believe that this is the person that I was seeing and I was discussing with them, because there have been a number of instances where this individual has eluded the questioning at hand," said Baron.

"We don't want to call him a suspect, but he is a person of interest," said McCann.

The longevity of this case doesn't just frustrate investigators. In a phone interview, Susan Tusing told us she thinks of this case on a daily basis. And so does Carla Baron.

"They want to make sure that they have an entire case built up so that there is no way this falls through the cracks," said Baron.

"She has provided a new direction, I'll say that. It may go somewhere, it may not," said McCann.

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