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Jul 10, 2013 5:47 PM by Caroline Flores - cflores@kristv.com

Person Of Interest Found in Portland Shooting Case

CORPUS CHRISTI - The father of one of the two young women shot at a Portland park says he's glad to know a person of interest has been named in the death of his daughter Mollie Olgin.

Back in June 2012, Olgin and her girlfriend Kristene Chapa were at Violet Andrews Park when they were both shot in the head. Olgin died and Chapa survived.

Police say the person of interest's name and photo are not being released yet because police are currently working on building a case against him.

"We haven't forgotten about this at all. Even though it's a year old, this is a top priority right now," said Portland Police Chief Gary Giles.

Police say right from the beginning the person popped up on their radar but as things progressed and as evidence came back, he became more and more the focus of their investigation. But police say just because they have found a person of interest doesn't mean the publics help isn't needed.

"Just because it's been announced that there is a suspect doesn't mean that if they know anything different to not come forward," said Mollie Olgin's father Mario.

Police say they are still looking at all information that comes in. They say when they get enough evidence against their person of interest, they will arrest and question him.

"I gotta hope that they build a solid case against the person that they do finally bring charges against," said Mario Olgin.

When police get to the point of arresting someone in connection with his daughter's murder, Olgin says he will have mixed emotions.

"I mean I'll be happy that there is somebody that will pay for the crime but at the same time it doesn't bring back my daughter," said Mario Olgin.

Police do not have their person of interest in custody, but they do know where he is and are currently monitoring his whereabouts. Because of this, they say he is not a risk to the community.

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