Ten years ago today, a little girl disappeared on the way to her bus stop in Northport. Heaven LaShae Ross was 11 years old when she was last seen.
It would be three years before her remains were found, but to this day no one has been charged with her death.
"This was one of those career cases that just changes the landscape of the whole city. I mean this affected everyone," Captain Loyd Baker with the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office said.
Everyone, including the investigators who worked the case of 11-year-old Shae Ross, and continue to follow the case today.
"It had that feeling, just right off, that something wasn't right here," homicide investigator Terry Carroll said.
"Three hours after the abduction, the chances are very slim of finding a live victim. With the age and sex that were involved with this case, it's much, much less time, realistically," Charley Dorsey, a retired FBI agent, said.
Unfortunately, that was the outcome in the search for Shae Ross. Three years after she disappeared, her remains were discovered in an abandoned house in Holt.
"The amount of time that she was exposed to the elements made it very difficult to get any DNA or get any biological evidence. And that hindered us considerably," Captain Baker said.
But, investigators say time can actually help someone who saw something or has heard something since then, to come forward.
"Any type of situation where someone with information for whatever reason has not come forward, has not come forward with that information, can see that this case isn't going to go away," Dorsey said.
"There may be those who have heard a possible suspect brag or admit that they did this, those are the people we need to speak with," Baker added.
"Families are looking for closure, in whatever way they can get it, and we want it as well. We wanna know what happened, you know, we want to know who did this, and make somebody accountable for taking and killing this 11-year-old girl," investigator Carroll said.
Anyone with information about the case is urged to contact authorities at 205-464-8672.
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