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Family of Mattaponi River victim hopes for new leads in cold case


A recent DNA match has a family hoping for closure in a cold case dating back a dozen years.

Police haven't been able to find Brenda Gee-Knight's killer, but last week 12 Investigates broke the story that police identified her skeletal remains, found in 2001.

With the use of Brenda's daughter's DNA, the case has new direction. Now the girl and other loved ones are sharing their new found hope that police are going to solve this case.

At the vigil held Sunday evening in Church Hill's Jefferson Park, the family in mourning huddled tightly together. Diamond Gee spoke on behalf of the family. She's the one who submitted her DNA to a missing person's database that recently helped investigators get a crack in the case.

"I really hope one day Richmond Police do find out what really happened to my mom," said Diamond, who was just a little girl when her mom disappeared in 2001. It's been more than a decade, but Diamond still remembers the times they had together.

"I remember always going shopping traveling on the roads, doing hair, I remember a lot of positives, and I have nothing negative to say about her," she recalled.

The vigil was small, but meaningful. Detectives say they're now looking for leads.

"On behalf of the Richmond Police Department and Chief Tarasovic, our sympathies go out to the family and if there's anything we can do for anybody, we're going to be here for you," said Major Steve Drew.

Brenda Gee-Knight's killer is still out there. If you recall anything from 12 years ago or would like to help please contact Virginia State Police at (804) 553-3408. You can remain anonymous.

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