Vicksburg, MS (WLBT) - A Warren County family is still looking for answers six years after the death of their loved one.
Shanell Burden Stowers went missing in October of 2012. Her body was discovered in the woods in Vicksburg the following year. To this day, no arrests have been made.
Police and family members spoke about the cold case.
“Seeing that everyone has a mother and I don’t, is hard,” said Breanna Thomas, the victim’s daughter.
Thomas broke down as she talked about missing her mother on today, the day that she would have been celebrating her birthday.
Thomas was 10 years old when her mom dropped her, along with some of her siblings, off to school in October of 2012.
A few hours later, she called her mom because she forgot a book, and something strange happened.
“When I called and asked for the book, someone was knocking on the door and she told me to hold on," said Thomas. “I held on and she never came back to the phone.”
The family eventually reported the Warren County woman missing. Her car was later found in the county.
In March 2013, Vicksburg police say her skeletal remains were found in a wooded area in the city.
“A man that was doing some work on a property inside the city limits of Vicksburg discovered what ended up being the body from that location,” said Deputy Chief Bobby Stewart.
“They were back here digging, and when they picked the mattress up, they picked up a body," said family member Doreen Wallace. “He thought it was a deer until her leg fell out.”
Now years later...loved ones are still searching for answers about what happened.
“I wish she would have told me what was going on because she was frightened about something,” said Stowers’ family member.
3 On Your Side reached out to the Vicksburg Police Department about the homicide, and Deputy Chief Stewart admits it has been a challenge solving the case.
“The leads have been a little slow coming in, but every one we get, we work on as soon as we get it, because this is a very important case to us," he said.
Vicksburg police and the victim’s family members are calling on the community to also help if they know anything that could help crack the case.
“We have up to a $2,500 reward for any information about who is responsible for this crime,” said Stewart.
“This could have been you," said Wallace. “If you know something, say something. Help bring closure to the family. It has been six years and her kids and mother want closure, and all of her family."