Crime Stoppers tips on the Chantay Blankinship murder have been few in number and vague in substance, Sheriff George Caldwell said. But investigators check out those tips and hope one will come in that leads to a suspect, Caldwell said.
    “We have gotten some tips but they, so far, have not been useable,” Caldwell said.
    The Texas Rangers are assisting in the investigation, and Caldwell said Wednesday morning that the FBI is assisting. He declined to elaborate but said investigators have not had any breaks in the case and don’t have a prime suspect.
    “One tip named a suspect that sounded promising until were found out that he was in jail at the time of the homicide,” Caldwell said.
    Caldwell has not commented on what investigators have learned about DNA evidence submitted to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office forensic crime lab. Caldwell said he does want to remind the public that a $5,000 reward has been offered for information leading to an arrest.
    Caldwell said he’s been surprised that more tips haven’t come in. “I just can’t imagine it — especially with the amount of the reward,” Caldwell said.
    “If we could just get someone who saw her in a car, maybe a partial license plate, just anything which we don’t have. A girl is taken off the streets in a neighborhood that’s populated … there are people that live all around that area. Somebody had to have seen something.”
    Blankinship, 25, of North Lake Brownwood, 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, Caldwell said earlier. He has not revealed the nature of the weapon.
    Anyone with information is asked to contact the Heart of Texas Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or the sheriff’s office at 325-646-5510.
    “We do need help,” Caldwell said. “We need input from the public. “