Brown County Sheriff Bobby Grubbs said he hasn’t lost hope that the 1989 murder of Amanda Goodman, 13, will some day be solved.
But investigators have no new leads with which to move the investigation along, Grubbs said Monday. The case remains open.
“This case has never been closed and never will be until it is cleared,” Grubbs said. “At this time we don’t have any concrete leads to follow out.”
Grubbs recently offered more optimistic information related to another unsolved murder in Brown County. Investigators are focusing on “subjects of interest” in the May 10, 1996, murder of Leon Laureles, 29, of Bangs, Grubbs said earlier.
Grubbs and sheriff’s Sgt. Jimmy Simpson said earlier that witnesses are talking more than they did at the time of the murder, less fearful now of retaliation.
Despite the lack of progress in the Goodman murder, Grubbs said he doesn’t let himself become pessimistic. “Somebody could have that one little piece of information” to help investigators clear the case, Grubbs said. “I still hold out hope I still feel like there’s someone out there that can be beneficial to this case.
“I don’t intend to lose hope on this case.”
The Texas Rangers’ cold case squad is also investigating the Laureles and Goodman murders, Grubbs said.
Goodman died after being shot once in the head on May 16, 1989. A motorist found her body 10 miles south of Brownwood on Indian Creek Road.
She was last seen alive walking home from school in the afternoon. Grubbs has said investigators believe she got into a car with someone she knew.
“This is kind of an albatross around my neck, so to speak, that we haven’t been able to clear this case,” Grubbs, who was a Texas Ranger at the time of the slaying, said in a May 2005 interview. “(The murder) hit me hard. It hit everybody hard.”
Grubbs said anyone with information on either of the cases is asked to contact the sheriff’s office.