(Seguin) -- After 11 years, the murder case of Amber Smith still remains unsolved. Despite plenty of effort, the case remains active for the Guadalupe County Sheriff's Office.
Sgt. Craig Jones of the Guadalupe County Sheriff's Office says Smith was last seen at her home on Aldama Street in Seguin. Her disappearance was reported during the early morning hours of Jan. 29, 2006.
He says with reports of her disappearance, the Seguin Police Department initiated an investigation seeking the woman's whereabouts. He says sadly, she wasn't located until Feb. 16. Eighteen days after her disappearance, a bridge inspector discovered Smith's remains under a bridge off FM 725 north of McQueeney.
He says it was at that time that the Guadalupe County Sheriff's Office joined resources with the Seguin Police Department to investigate the case. He says together, both agencies have been working together with on-going hopes of receving that one tip, one call, one letter, or one email that will lead to closure of this case.
"We're still pursuing this as a joint investigation between their agency and our agency at the Guadalupe County Sheriff's Office. So here we are 11 years later and the investigation is still being pursued. In my experience and time of dealing with cases like this, over periods of time, I've talked with people in a variety of cases and sometimes it's really just as simple as asking for help. Sometimes it's a matter of knocking on doors. I've actually asked folks in the past with other cases, how come you never came forward? "Nobody asked.' If I may, I'm using the media as a blanket for asking for help, because here we are 11 years later and frankly with human experiences, we all grow up. We mature different ways. Somebody might have known something back in 2006 -- that their life has changed and they might want to share something now. No detail is too small," said
Sgt. Jones says Guadalupe County Sheriff Arnold Zwicke dedicated two investigators to work specialty cases like this one. He says Sheriff Zwicke's philosophy, “Human life is the most sacred thing we have in our physical world and we should do everything to protect it."
Jones, who is assigned to this case, says time is their most valuable resource. He says as it ticks away, they can never get it back.
"Somebody out there may have the drop of water that opens up the flood gates on this thing. Anything, I don't care if it's small to them , it may be big to us. We got Guadalupe County Crime Stoppers, they have a website. We got the Guadalupe Sheriff's Office, you can call us. If you're more comfortable calling the Seguin Police Department, they have Facebook and they have their phone numbers, you can call them," said Sgt. Jones.
Sgt. Jones says if anything else, he hopes that someone will come forward to bring closure to Smith's family.
He hopes for any detail, rumor, or lead relating to what happened to her so many years ago.
"With all due respect to Amber and her family, I stay in touch with her mom. She's been a huge support of this whole thing. So we're trying to do everything we can to keep things pushing forward, inching pushing forward and doing what we do," said Sgt. Jones.
Sgt. Jones says in the end, it's just about doing the right thing because Smith didn't deserve what happened to her. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Guadalupe County Crime Stoppers at 877-403-TIPS (8477) or www.gccsTIPS.org
. Individuals may also text their tip to “GUADALUPE plus your tip” to 274637 (CRIMES).