In Brown County Sheriff Vance Hill’s office Friday after, detective Sgt. Scott Bird briefed Hill on the most recent information Bird had received in the unsolved May 13 murder of 25-year-old Chantay Blankinship of North Lake Brownwood.
    Bird said he’d exchanged numerous phone calls with different people after receiving a tip that Facebook messages might contain information that would lead to a break in the case.
    The tip — like the numerous ones sheriff’s officials had already received — did not lead to a suspect.
    Bird said the sheriff’s office “absolutely” follows up on tips and has never stopped investigating the case. “We investigate every phone call, every lead we receive,” Bird said.
    Although the tips have not led to a suspect, sheriff’s officials still want them. They want people who think they have information about the case to contact Crime Stoppers or the sheriff’s office.
    “The next tip may lead to the right person,” Bird said.
    Hill agreed, saying “don’t hesitate. It could be the key piece of the puzzle we’re looking for.”
    Investigating tips that don’t lead to a suspect is “absolutely not” a waste of time, Bird said. “Anything anyone provides is not a waste of time,” Bird said. “We’re not stopping the case, We’re continuing to investigate the case.”
    There is a $5,000 Crime Stoppers reward in the case.
    Blankinship was last seen alive walking near her home the evening of May 13. Her body was found May 15 in an abandoned structure on County Road 424, about 5 miles from her home, sheriff's officials have said.
    Blankinship died of blunt force trauma, and investigators have the suspected murder weapon. Sheriff’s officials have not revealed the nature of the weapon.
    “We’re not releasing any information on evidence we maintain,” Hill said. “We’ve got evidence that we must keep confidential for the integrity of the investigation.”