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Garvin County woman’s mysterious death being investigated by national cold case group

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GARVIN COUNTY, Okla. -- The investigation into a woman’s mysterious death continues almost 15 years after she was found with a gunshot wound to her chest.

Chanda Turner was just 23-years-old when her body was found outside the home she shared with her boyfriend in July of 2000.

Her death was initially ruled a suicide, but through the years, the case took a number of twists and turns.

Her body was exhumed in 2009.

In 2012, the medical examiner ruled her death as “unknown,” and the case was reopened.

But three years later, there are still no answers, and a national group is hoping to shine new light on the dark scene.

Turner’s boyfriend is still the number one suspect, and cold case investigators tell us they’re close to presenting their theory of what happened to local law enforcement.

Joe and Donna Turner will never forget their daughter’s kind heart and sense of humor.

“Everyone, even 15 years later, if Chanda comes up, what they will say is, ‘that smile,’” Donna Turner said.

Chanda’s smile is now only a beautiful memory as they pour through her murder case.

They know the details inside and out.

“God says justice will be mine, well that's up there. I want justice on Earth,” Joe Turner said.

Her death was ruled a suicide until 9 long years later, when Chanda’s parents convinced investigators to exhume her body.

That’s when the ME ruled the manner of death as “unknown.”

Holly Hughes is an attorney and part of the Cold Case Investigative Research Institute. The non-profit works cold cases across the county.

“When you look at the scientific evidence in this case, I don't believe it supports a finding of suicide, and I think a great injustice has been done that it's been sitting cold this long," Hughes said.

Hughes thinks Chanda’s boyfriend should have been charged long ago.

“There's an hour between the discovery of the body and the first 911 call being placed, what was happening in that one hour? Why were the sheets removed from the bed before crime scene photos were taken?” Hughes said.

The scene was also doused in bleach, and the house was left unsecured.

Current Garvin County Sheriff Larry Rhodes was not in office when Chanda died and says a number of mistakes were made in the initial investigation.

He’ll meet this week with the non-profit about Chanda’s case, giving hope to Joe and Donna.

“We've seen miracles all the way through this, anything's possible,” Donna Turner said.

District Attorney Greg Mashburn tells us if the missing puzzle pieces come together, he’s ready to prosecute.

The family is offering a $100,000 reward for anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for Chanda’s death.

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