Blood found in Bruce Mendenhall's truck and shoes that match prints found at a crime scene were among clues linking him to homicides. Investigators are receiving calls about cold cases from across the country.more>>
NASHVILLE, Tenn.- The arrest of the Illinois truck driver accused of killing several women certainly comes as welcome news to the victims' families.
But there are families who still wonder what it will take to get other, similar cases solved. One local family has been waiting for nearly 15 years.
"I thought it could be her," said Karen Gifford. "Is that Pam? Then, of course, it wasn't."
Gifford said she feels the same way every time she hears about someone killing a prostitute.
Her sister-in-law is Pamela Mitchell, who disappeared Aug. 19, 1992 after getting involved in drugs and prostitution.
A witness told police Mitchell got into a car at a Krystal on West Trinity Lane and she was never seen again.
Police believe she's dead.
"You know, you hear about all those girls, prostitutes, people killing them," Gifford said. "So, you don't know."
Gifford said it's scary to hear what has been happening along the Interstate 40 corridor.
Metro Police believe truck driver Bruce Mendenhall is connected to two homicides. He was arrested Thursday.
Police are investigating the murders of four women. All had some experience with prostitution. The killers dumped the bodies at locations along the interstate.
"I don't know how they get into these situations, but it's so sad, and people are thinking because of what they're doing, they have to kill them. But they ain't go to do that," Gifford said.
Gifford said hope is fading and she may never see her sister-in-law again. It's been nearly 15 years since her disappearance.
Mitchell had two children. She has a granddaughter she's never seen.
"If anybody is out there, I'm asking them to come forward if they know anything that might help us find her," Gifford said.
If anyone has any information that can help police solve the disappearance of Pamela Mitchell, call Crime Stoppers. The number is 74-Crime. Callers may remain anonymous. Callers could earn up to $1,000 in cash.