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Updated: 12/05/2013 7:17 pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) -- The Starkville Police Department is still trying to find the person responsible for the Labor Day double homicide that happened 23 years ago. 

"It's something you never forget," said Jennifer Taylor, the niece of victim Betty Jones.

Taylor, who was 17 years old at the time, said she remembers the murders just like it was yesterday.

Her family got a call around 10 p.m. on September 3, 1990 telling them Betty Jones had been murdered while spending the night at the home of a friend, Katherine Crigler.

Crigler was raped by the killer before she died from her injuries.

"I guess it's an uneasiness that you always have," Taylor said. "The not knowing, it bothers me."

Starkville police detective Bill Lott has been working on this case since 2005.

He said a new age-progressed composite photo of the killer may help.

"You want people to provide you [with] leads," Lott said. "That's what we're hoping this age progression will do, give us new leads."

The composite photo that was used the last couple decades was first generated back in 1993.

"You know, this is 23 years later," Lott said. "He doesn't look like that photo. He probably looks like this."

Detective Lott is hoping the photo will spur conversation about this case again.

"Somebody might say, 'Hey, so-and-so looks like that photo,'" Lott said.

Detective Lott and the Starkville Police Department have made it their mission to try to solve this case.

"We want to make sure we exhaust every lead in this case and we pursue every avenue that we can," Lott said.

He hopes it will help the families he has been closely working with for nearly 10 years now.

"It's an old wound, you know. Maybe they've healed up a bit, but they're not happy about losing that family member," Lott said. 

Taylor said she has faith in the department's efforts to solve this case.
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