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Investigation into murder ongoing
by Reggie Ross, Staff Writer
Jan 20, 2014 | 174 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
VAIDEN -- The investigation of Katrina Hemphill's murder at her Vaiden home is a priority to Sheriff Jerry Carver.

Since the December 2012 finding of Hemphill's body at her County Road 26 home, Carver said the department's investigation is far from a cold case.

"We're in the same mode as we were," Carver said. "We're still investigating as we were and continuing to turn over every rock."

The murder of Hemphill shocked the close-knit Vaiden community, and Carver said he has remained in contact with Hemphill's family members and assures that he's working hard on getting to the bottom of Carroll County's lone homicide in 2012.

"We will wait for the November grand jury recall in April, and we will know what the district attorney has for us," Carver said.

Carver said he would not go into detail about the case, but said he feels confident, saying they have several things they're looking into.

Hemphill, 48, was a nurse at Greenwood Leflore Hospital.

On the morning of December 13, a relative found Hemphill on the floor of her County Road 26 home, stabbed to death.

Carver said Hemphill was found near a back sliding door, and it did not appear that anything was missing from the residence.

The Vaiden Police Department and the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics were also at the scene of the crime. Carver said blood samples and evidence were taken from the scene and sent to the state crime lab in Jackson.

"This is an active investigation." Carver said. "We're seeking to collect forensic evidence while digging deeper and deeper in the investigation."

Carver said for citizens who have more information about the case to call the Carroll County Sheriff's Department or the Greenwood-Leflore-Carroll Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

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