June 14, 2005 – Posted at 4:39 p.m. CDT
CRAIGHEAD COUNTY, AR – The mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of Amanda Tusing has kept officials searching for clues the past five years.
The waters of the Big Bay Ditch just outside of Lake City may seem peaceful and serene now, but it was only five years ago that Amanda Tusing's body was found here. It's a case that has baffled investigators and left her family searching for answers.
“We just keep a lot of faith in God and I try to remember that Mandy would want us to keep going. She wouldn't want us to just dry up and quit living,” said Susan Tusing, Mandy’s mother.
Investigators are still trying to find out what happened. In the past year, Tusing’s family has sought the help of a psychic and the Craighead County Sheriff's Office has exhumed Mandy's body in search of clues.
“I think they are doing everything they possibly can. They are looking for any tips, any leads,” said Tusing, “It's just a strange case.”
Tusing was last seen by her fiancé Matthew Ervin in Jonesboro after the couple had said goodnight to one another...Mandy then headed to her parents home in Dell. Her abandoned car was found off Highway 18, the keys still in the ignition and her purse in the front seat. Mandy wouldn't be found until four days later on Fathers Day...an anniversary that is tough on her family.
“I think this year has been harder at times just because it has been five years,” said Tusing, “There's still a killer out there that is enjoying his life while my daughter's life was cut short at his hands.”
Leads still continue to be investigated, but so far nothing has panned out.
“I know, I know there's someone out there that knows something. They either know who did it. I know they're out there and it's time for them to develop a conscious, get over their sacredness. If they're afraid to tell, they need to get over it and come forward and tell what they know,” said Tusing.
The Tusing family says answers are the only thing that will help them heal.
“There is no such thing as closure,” said Tusing through tears, “There is a peace in knowing what happened. I think I’ve kind of come to a realization that I may never find out and I would have to live with that, but I will always keep looking.”
Susan Tusing says she believes that one day they will find the answers to Mandy’s death, but until then, she says she won't stop searching.