Region 8 Unsolved: Brian Kyle Gipson
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Brian Kyle Gipson was found dead on Curtview Drive on May 23, 2015.
Four years later, Misty Baker frequently visits the spot where her son took his last breath.
"I come here often and I feel his presence,” Baker said.
Baker said she will never forget the day he was murdered in cold blood.
"There is not a day that goes by that I don't light a candle for him. I have faith in God that what's done in the dark will be brought to the light. I do believe that."
Sgt. Rodney Smith, the lead investigator, has spent countless hours searching for Gipson’s killer.
"I got a list here of I think 82 people I've talked to in reference to this case," Smith said. "One big thing is nobody actually saw what happened."
Early in the investigation, police obtained video from on the scene at the time of the murder.
"We could see right up to the point where that shooting happened, but we couldn't actually see the shooting happen,” Smith said.
The video captured a car leaving the scene moments after the shooting, but the poor quality made it difficult to identify specifics.
“Due to the speed of the car, it’s not a perfect video,” Smith said. “So to be able to tell you what kind of car it was or get a license plate like you would expect or see who’s in the car, that stuff’s just not available.”
Over the course of the investigation, an initial suspect was brought in for questioning.
"They had been into it, wind up doing polygraphs,” Smith said.
But after that individual passed the polygraph test, it ultimately it led to a dead end.
“One of the big problems with this case has been the ties to methamphetamine and people not recalling, not wanting to talk, getting bad information,” Smith said. “You know, we get the word on the street."
The case remains an active investigation.
Smith said they continue to get leads in Gipson’s case.
"We have suspects thrown on there, but we have no evidence to back up how they did it or connect them to the scene itself,” Smith said.
To this day, Baker hasn’t stopped fighting for justice in her son’s murder.
“I believe a fresh set of eyes needs to be on this case,” Baker said. “I believe there are people out there that know something that are too afraid to come forward and they need to do the right thing."
Baker described her son as having a good heart but struggled with addiction and had been working to get clean.
“He was actually supposed to leave the following Monday and get out of town and get away from the people and try to start fresh and he just didn't make it,” Baker said.
Until her son's killer is brought to justice, Baker said she cannot find peace.
“I want to forgive them. I do want to forgive them. I don’t want to carry hate in my heart and this pain is terrible,” Baker said. “There’s a killer running free and who is to say they haven’t done anything else.”
More evidence has recently been submitted to the state crime lab and Smith said they are still waiting for the results. If you believe you have information that could lead to an arrest in Gipson’s murder, call Crimestoppers at 935-STOP (7867).
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