VIENNA, W.Va. (WTAP) - It's been five years since the shooting death of Vienna resident Cindy Ball and many wonder why her case remains unsolved.
Ball was found shot to death by hunters in the woods near Sugar Camp Road in Wirt County on October 24, 2014. It was determined she died from an apparent gunshot wound to the back of the head.
The 38 year old was first reported missing by her brother. Her car was found at the Overtime Sports Bar on Emerson Avenue with her purse still inside.
As the investigation surpasses its five-year anniversary, police still haven't made any arrests, named a suspect(s), or presented the case to a grand jury.
West Virginia State Police said in past interviews that they want to make sure they have enough information to present a solid case to a jury.
While community advocate and host of the 'Mile-marker 181' Podcast Emily Nestor agrees, she also adds that fear is a factor in the case still being unsolved.
"I think a lot of it comes down to fear and I think a lot of it comes down to possibly even distrust with the police", said Nestor.
Nestor adds that Cindy's death is an 'open secret' and that the only way to bring justice to her family in addition to law enforcement's investigation, is for the community to come forward with information.
For now, Nestor is seeking her own justice for Cindy. She recently handed out fliers at dozens of businesses in the Parkersburg area, created a 'Progress for Cindy' Facebook page as a way to receive anonymous tips on the case, and continues to keep in contact with law enforcement officials handling the case.
She also keeps in touch with Cindy's family and says they are strong, are continuing to heal , and are privately seeking justice for their loved one.
This news organization reached out to West Virginia State Police to receive an update on the case's status. State Police say the case is 'still under investigation'. Wood County Prosecutor Pat Lefebure was not able to be reached for comment.