Posted: Sep 7, 2012 12:45 PM by Angela Douglas - MTN News
Updated: Sep 7, 2012 1:03 PM
BILLINGS- It's been nearly 14 years since the murder of Sherry Fenner's 18-year-old daughter, Miranda.
"She was someone I wish I had the opportunity to know today, but I don't," said Sherry. "I'm fortunate that I got to have her for 18 years. That has to be enough because that's all I got."
On the night of Nov. 15, 1998, Miranda Fenner was killed while she worked as a clerk at The Movie Store in Laurel. Her throat was slashed and she was stabbed multiple times.
The homicide case of M. Fenner is one of nine unsolved murders in Yellowstone County.
In an effort to close those cases, less than a year ago the Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office formed the Cold Case Unit.
"We want to bring closure the victims' families of these homicides," explained Det. Frank Fritz. "We track down every lead that comes in. We follow it up, we track it down as far as we can take it."
At this point, the Cold Case Unit has not closed any of the current unsolved murders in Yellowstone County, however Fritz said they are getting close on a couple of them.
Sherry Fenner is actively participating in the search for her daughter's killer. She recently designed a new poster, keeping Miranda's face in the public eye.
"It lets the person or people, that were responsible for this, know that we're not going to let up," Fritz said. "We're going to continue this until we bring them to justice."
Fenner knows that capturing her daughter's killer will not bring her back, but she wants them to pay for committing the crime.
"It's about time that somebody finally comes out with the information that they've been hanging onto for so long," pleaded Fenner.
"We will find the person or people responsible for these. That I guarantee," added Fritz.
While the Cold Case Unit continues to search for the suspect, who has remained a mystery for more than a decade, the Fenners are faced with the burden of unanswered questions and coping with loss of a daughter.
"I never know where a little surprise is going to come from that's going to trigger a memory," said Fenner in tears. "But it happens everyday."