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Oct 3, 2012 11:18 PM

Eleven Years Later, Sisters Continue to Fight For Justice In A Lexington Cold Case

It's an unsolved murder that has haunted Lexington's northside for nearly eleven years.

A month before the 11th anniversary of Pamela Mansell's murder, her two daughters are speaking out. They are convinced there are people out there who have the missing link that could solve the case.

Priscilla and Heather Mansell's lives changed forever the morning of Nov. 8, 2001.

"She loved us girls. She fought for us all the time," says Priscilla Mansell.

They were only teenagers when their mother was murdered, and ever since then they fight for her. Wednesday night, the sisters stand in the parking lot across from Al's Bar on North Limestone Street. It's where Mansell was last seen at 5 a.m. the morning of Nov. 8, 2001, getting in a red truck. Her body was found later that day on Briar Hill Road. Police said she'd been strangled and then dumped in the rural area.

"There have got to be witnesses," says Priscilla Mansell. "Everyone knew her around here. They probably knew who got her, and they need to come forward. It's been 11 years. Nothing to be afraid of. They need to put justice to this."

They say Pamela Mansell began to struggle when the family moved from Ohio to Kentucky. She lost custody of her daughters to their father, and they say that devastated her. The 35-year-old mother turned to drugs and prostitution shortly before she was murdered.

"I know she wanted a good life. She was in addiction, and that's a hard place," says Heather Mansell, Pamela's daughter.

And the sisters don't want police to ease up for a moment on a case that's eluded investigators for more than a decade.

"I want to be able to look this guy in the eye and ask him 'why my mom.' Why. That's all I really want to know," says Heather Mansell.

Priscilla Mansell recently earned a criminal justice degree, inspired by her quest for answers.

There were other murder cases similar to Pamela Mansell's around the time of her death. Those have been solved. Police say there wasn't enough evidence to link Mansell's murder to those cases. If you have any information, call Lexington Police.

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