Residents from across the Northeast Kingdom showed up to celebrate Labor Day in Sheffield.
A large crowd is what these detectives need. They're using the annual field day to investigate the unsolved murder of 78-year-old Pat O'Hagan -- hoping someone would approach them with details about the crime.
"It may seem stagnant to the general public but the lead investigator works on this case nearly every single day," said Vermont State Police Lt. Robert Cushing.
Two years ago the Sheffield grandmother and community leader was abducted from her home. Three weeks later her body was discovered ten miles away in a remote part of Wheelock.
"She was great all the way around and we just loved her. She was great for the town because she did a lot for the town," said Mabel Whitcomb, who volunteered with O'Hagan.
"A day doesn't go by that I don't think about Pat. She was my best friend," said Norma Williams. Williams walked O'Hagan home from a historical society meeting the night she disappeared and was the first to call police when no one could find her. "I want to know what happened to her," she said. Williams says she's frustrated no arrests have been made in her friend's murder and worries about the safety of her small town. "It's unnerving to live in this town and to know that there might be someone living right next door to you that did this."
Police say there were multiple people involved in O'Hagan's murder, but their motive remains a mystery. Investigators admit that few clues have surfaced in the last year and tips have slowed. They say that there still may be people in town who have information about the crime and have yet to come forward. They remind residents that no detail is too small. "Even if we've learned it from someone else it may help us. Just the way that they present it or the way that they've heard it or the way that they know it. It's like putting a puzzle together," Lt.Cushing said.
But at this point police say that puzzle has too many missing pieces to stand up in court.
The police are offering a 25-thousand dollar reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of anyone responsible for the abduction and murder of the Sheffield woman.
Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:00 PM EDT2013-05-22 00:00:07 GMT
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