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Authorities Ask for Help in Teen Murder Cold Case

Fourteen years ago, Tawnya Knight of Spring Hill, Kansas, went to her friend's house. It was the last place her friends or family ever saw her alive.

Now, the Johnson County Sheriff's Department reaching out for new leads to solve this case and help bring closure to her family.

Knight, 15, was hanging out at her friends house when she decided to walk home that December night in 1996, but she never showed up. A farmer found the missing girl's body in a field off of 169 Highway in Spring Hill six months later.

The girl's mother says that the discovery confirmed her suspicions that something was terribly wrong.

"She was very finicky," said Lori Knight. "She would change clothes several times a day, she had to have her hair done, her makeup. She didn't take none of that. She didn't take no money or anything."

The Johnson County Sheriff's Office is still tight-lipped about the investigation, including details about how she was killed. But they say that they are confident that somebody knows something, and now they're trying to find people interviewed in the original investigation, or reach out to people who knew the teen but weren't interviewed.

"Because one of these times, someone is going to remember or have had a conversation with someone in the past that have said something about this that will be the key to solving this murder," said Tom Erickson of the Johnson County Sheriff's Department.

Authorities believe that it's likely that the person who killed Tawnya Knight knew her.

"In a small town, it didn't look as though there were a lot of strangers at that time," said Erickson. "So it leads us to look at everybody that was around."

Lori Knight is urging anyone with any information to come forward. She believes someday she and her daughter can find peace.

"I didn't get to see her go to prom, I didn't get to see her get married," said Knight. "They robbed me of my life with her."

If you have any information in the case, please call the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS.


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