Over twenty-three years ago, Cynthia Carlisle Byrd was brutally murdered in her home. She was shot three times in the face on August 17, 1990 and the killer was never convicted. Her brother, Thomas Carlisle, is still seeking the truth.
"Closure and justice," Thomas Carlisle of Ovett answers when asked what reopening the case would mean to him. "If I don't take up for my son and if I don't try to help solve my sister's murder, then nobody else will."
Mr. Carlisle's son was charged with the murder in 1992 but the evidence was not sufficient to convict him. As a father, he now feels that it is his duty to clear his son's name and try to help solve his sister's murder.
After reading in the Laurel Leader-Call in September 2012 that case files, including his sister's had been lost, Mr. Carlisle checked with authorities, attempting once more to find some answers.
"He said he was going to contact me when he found the files and he has not contacted me yet," says Mr. Carlisle.
Despite these obstacles, Mr. Carlisle hasn't given up. He says that although not everything you see on television is true, he believes that cold cases like his sister's have been solved.