"After almost two years, authorities are no closer to solving the murder of a 22-year-old woman in Izard County."
That was the lead Thursday in a story about the status of the investigation into the brutal slaying of Rebekah Gould, who disappeared in September 2004. Her body was found about a week later, dumped at the bottom of a 35-foot embankment on State Highway 9 south of Melbourne.
Why does it appear authorities are no closer to solving Miss Gould's murder now than they were when she went missing, even though they say they're moving forward?
That's the main question surrounding a case that generates question after question.
It took months for the State Crime Laboratory to "trickle" results — an investigator's description — from evidence exams to investigators. Apparently, meth labs and determining if green, leafy vegetable material was marijuana received priority over homicide. Why was that? As we've asked repeatedly, shouldn't murder cases take precedent over other cases, even drug cases?