STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - The Starkville Labor Day murder is two of the most brutal unsolved crimes in the city's history.
Two elderly women died in 1990, but are still on the minds of many locally.
"I just opened the case file today in like several years," Starkville Sgt. Bill Lott said. "I just feel like a failure not being able to solve it."
Lott has been on the case since 2003.
On September 3, 1990, a man entered the home of 65-year-old Kathryn Crigler.
Her friend, 81-year-old Betty Jones, was at Crigler's house.
Jones opened the home door after hearing a knock. That's when a man entered and began stabbing her, killing her instantly.
"It's nothing anyone wants to hear," Jones' niece, Jennifer McWhorter-Taylor, said.
Crigler, who was in a separate room at the time, was raped and assaulted.
She was strangled and had several broken bones causing her to faint.
When she woke up, she was able to dial 911.
Crigler: "I need help."
911 Dispatcher: "Your name is Mrs. Crigler?
Crigler: "Yes. Tonight there is one single boy, a young man. And he went in the front room where my friend was and he came back with his hands all bloody."
Crigler died from her injuries and deep depression months later.
Before she died, she explained what she saw the night of the murder.
"She described him as having the most piercing blue eyes she had ever seen," Lott said.
Lott said the man came into the home asking, "Where is the silver?" But after he killed Jones and assaulted Crigler, he only picked up $20.
Police say sexual homicides of the elderly only occur in 3 percent of homicide cases.
And scary enough, statistics show that most suspects know their victim.
A sexual assault kit was used on Crigler, but there was never a complete match.
Lott thinks there is more that can be done.
"If you did familial search DNA you could run against the database again and see if he has kinfolks," he said. "You can find him and stop a rapist."
Familial search DNA is a system where you can find family members of suspects through the DNA search and the database.
Lab officials look for relatives by scanning genetic profiles in the offender database and look for DNA samples that match with the suspects.
States like California utilize the tool to snatch several criminals off of the streets, so they ask -- Why not Mississippi?
Taylor and Lott have become advocates for the tool.
Taylor even sent a letter to the Attorney General's Office asking to please consider the testing.
If you have any information that can help Starkville Police crack the case, please contact the department at (662)-323-4131.