Family Of Teen Murdered 34 Years Ago Still Seeks Justice In Case


The family of a teenager murdered 34 years ago - is making a new plea to solve the crime – and a new push for justice.

They are frustrated with the progress of the case and are demanding answers from investigators.

It's one of the oldest, unsolved murders in Franklin County.

             READ: Previous Stories

10TV talked to the family of Bill Comeans a month ago - on the 34th anniversary of his death.

But even today, Bill's sister continues to post tweets, as if Bill were talking from beyond the grave.

And Kathleen Comeans says she has only one goal - to never let Bill's voice go silent.

“I never wanted to be a best kept secret for 34 years, I don't have the clue, then or now," Kathleen tweets, in Bill’s name.

She her battle to find answers in the case has hit a dead end and is going nowhere.

"He's not just a box of files on a shelf gathering dust, he had a future, he was 14 years old,” she said.  “He had his whole life ahead of him, and somebody decided to end it."

Bill Comeans was found just down the street from his house on January 7th, 1980...

Years have passed, and the case has grown cold and Kathleen feels even today, her family has been left out in the cold.

"It's frustrating trying to get answers, trying to get somebody to return phone calls, return get some type of information," she said.

She tweets again:  “Here's one to the Franklin County Sheriff's Office:  Please don't give up on me now."

The Comeans family says there were certain pieces of evidence found at the murder scene: a knife, a beer bottle, and what may be the most significant, Bill's scarf that was used to strangle him.  On that scarf was a body fluid.  

The family says DNA testing on that was supposed to happen last year, but they are still waiting for answers.

"There's got to be somebody who can do something," said Kathleen. "There's no reason to stop, there's always going to be some hope."

And she says she will continue to pressure and publicize her plight in whatever way she can, as the battle for answers goes on to find Bill's killer.

"If my murder has tormented you for decades, and deep down you know what happened to me, share," as she retweets again, as if Bill were speaking.

Franklin County Sheriff Zach Scott tells 10TV the DNA sample in question is so small that if they use it once to test, it may be gone forever.

That's why they're taking extra time to review it.

He says his detectives will continue to work the case.

Kathleen says an email from a detective promises a follow-up meeting with the family.

Sh says she hopes that happens.