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KCBD Investigates: Mother pleads for help 15 years after daughter's homicide

KCBD Investigates: Mother pleads for help 15 years after daughter's homicide
Published: Nov. 20, 2014 at 6:01 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 20, 2014 at 8:02 PM CST
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Investigators need your help solving a 15-year-old homicide.

The body of 19-year-old Amanda Sue Gschwend was found in northeast Lubbock in 1999.

Her unsolved homicide is one of many KCBD is investigating in hopes of encouraging someone to come forward with information that will lead to an arrest.

Gschwend was the first of three women whose bodies would be found in that remote area.

Gschwend was discovered in 1999, Selena "Melody" Kuykendall in 2007, and Monica Adams in 2008. These women were found less than three miles from each other.

In October, Lubbock police arrested Billy Jack Limbaugh Jr. and charged him with the murder of Adams, but the other cases remain without suspects. Police are however, continuing their investigation into Limbaugh.

In the meantime, Tina White prays for answers in her daughter's homicide.

"Her murder was brutal. I've seen pictures, so I know what they did to my daughter," White cried.

Fifteen years have passed since Gschwend's homicide, but the memories have not faded.

"It's just like it's the first day every day," White said.

Except for the day White buried her daughter.

"All I'd seen was an image and a bunch of fog and that's all I remember," White said.

On July 1, 1999, farm workers discovered Gschwend's lifeless body in a remote field off of East Municipal Drive and North Olive Avenue. Her cause of death was deemed blunt force trauma; she suffered multiple blows to the back of the head.

"I had just talked to her two days before. I told her I loved her and she said, 'I love you too mamma,'" White said.

That was the last conversation she had with her daughter and she said there was nothing out of the ordinary about their conversation.

At one point, investigators thought they had solved this crime.

"They had arrested a man six years after she was murdered," White said.

Tony Medford was arrested and indicted, but the charge was dismissed for insufficient evidence.

Attorney Jeff Nicholson represented the only man ever charged with Gschwend's murder.

"Tony was investigated for a period off and on of four years before he ever asked for a lawyer. Once he was indicted he cooperated fully," Nicholson said.

"We gave them any information they wanted, we gave them any physical evidence they wanted," Nicholson said. "I am absolutely convinced he did not do it."

Fifteen years after Gschwend's homicide, investigators are still searching for a suspect.

Meanwhile, White searches for closure, something she says she will not have until she can have one question answered.

"When they solve it and I can ask the one question why? Why did you take my daughter's life?," White cried.

Investigators and White believe someone out there knows something.

"Please come forward and let this get solved so I can have some closure," White said.

If you have any information about this case, please call Crime Line at 741-1000.

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