LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Nearly 22 years after crime scene investigators showed up at 908 North Simmons St., answers about who killed 58-year-old Annie Mae Guillory remain hard to come by.
"The more time that passes the harder it becomes," said Sheriff Tony Mancuso.
Sheriff Mancuso said Guillory was found beaten and stabbed to death inside her home on the morning of September 9, 1990. The discovery was made after Guillory's coworkers called authorities after she didn't show up for work at the old Downtowner.
"They told me to come and check on her. So I went and got somebody and we came over here. We knocked on the door, she didn't answer, so we left and we went and called the police," said a coworker.
At the time of the murder, then KPLC reporter Pam Dixon was on the scene. Shocked neighbors told Dixon that Guillory kept to herself.
"I never had a complaint at her, you know what I mean. She's just nice and quiet and everything," said Lola White, neighbor.
While a motive is still unclear, Sheriff Mancuso said based on the struggle that took place inside the home they believe Guillory knew her killer because there was no sign of forced entry or robbery. Investigators did question one person of interest, however no arrest was ever made. Despite the time that has passed investigators believe technology is on their side.
"You know they did have DNA technology at that time. It was fairly new at the time. But we have a much broader and bigger database now for DNA. So we are going to resubmit some evidence and some samples that could be of help. Whether that will pan out or not we don't know that at this point but it is still an open case and one we would like to solve and we would like the public's help," said Sheriff Mancuso.
If you can help investigators you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.