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Weapon Never Found In 19-Year Case

Investigators hope someone will come forward with information about a woman who was found dead inside her western Franklin County apartment.
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Investigators believe that someone 20-year-old Amy Hooper knew violently took her life.

Hooper had recently moved out of her parents' house when in March 1992, she failed to show up
for her job at Westland Mall.

Franklin County sheriff's investigators were called to Hooper's apartment and found her body
inside. She was beaten and stabbed to death.

Detectives recovered a knife among the evidence but the blunt force trauma may have been caused
by the real murder weapon, 10TV's Jeff Hogan reported.


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"The weapon was never found," said Franklin County sheriff's Detective Chuck Clark. "It
was bludgeoning, but by what means we don't know."

There were no signs of a forced entry and no signs of a struggle inside the western Franklin
County apartment, investigators said.

"I had a premonition it was going to be really bad," said Joy Long, Hooper's mother. "The
detective said to me, 'Somebody really hated her.'"

Investigators have usable DNA that has been resubmitted in the last year for matches but so far
it has only eliminated suspects, Hogan reported.

"There are a couple of significant things that only the killer would know," Clark said.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call a special tip line that 10TV has set up
with Crime Stoppers.

A reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest or indictment in the case.

Phone lines are open until 11:30 p.m. Thursday for tips at 614-821-1010. Crime Stoppers
takes tips anytime at 614-461-8477. Text tips can be sent to "274637" with key word
"CMH." The source of the tip will remain anonymous.

Stay with 10TV News and 10TV.com for additional information.