WHITE CLOUD, Mich. (WOOD) - Family and friends of Amanda Lankey-- a 13-year-old who waskilled almost five years ago in White Cloud -- hope that collectingsignatures could lead to clues about who's responsible for herdeath.
Lankey vanished from a friend's room. No Amber Alert was everissued, and police thought she left willingly until her body wasfound in the Manistee National Forest.
"We're ready to have this over with. We need closure. We need tofigure out where this person's at, where this person is hiding,"James Kahn, Amanda's brother, told 24 Hour News 8. "We have otherkids in this community, running around every day. Nobody is safeuntil this person is caught."
Friends and family are hoping they find "Justice forAmanda."
They think a petition could encourage the Newaygo Countyprosecutor to take the case to a grand jury. And they're hopingsomething in the case breaks, and somebody talks for the firsttime.
Charles Smith is helping to collect signatures. He says "thereis also the ability for the grand jury to give you immunity forthings that you testify about."
They're hoping the trail of clues -- now dated -- could lead tomore answers than questions.
There was blood found in a car that a potential suspect alteredand then ditched.
Amanda's computer chats that night also reveal another bizarretwist. One conversation says, "If you are still on talk to me, it'simportant."
She was talking with the screen name "Skitzo Killa."
All leads to nowhere.
Signature by signature, her family vows to continue theirsearch.
"It's a pain that you can't describe. You go on every daywondering if this person is going to strike again, another child,"Kahn says. "It's not just pain for us and for our family. But it'sjust knowing that that person's still out there."
Committee members are hoping to collect 1,000 signatures byApril 1.
The White Cloud Fraternal Order of Eagles 4170 posted a $5,000reward for information about the case. It was matched by aCalifornia organization. You can call Silent Observer at (231)652-1121 if you can help investigators.
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