Posted: Nov 8, 2012 6:17 PM by Caroline Flores - firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated: Nov 8, 2012 6:28 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - An unidentified killer continues to walk free and a backed up DPS lab may be to blame. The person who shot Mollie Olgin and Mary Kristine Chapa in Portland this past summer has yet to be caught.
We met up with Mario Olgin, Mollie's father, at the place where his daughter and her girlfriend, Kristine, were found shot in the head. Kristine survived, but his daughter Mollie didn't. He said he visited that spot a few times a week.
"I just come out here and sometimes talk to her. A lot of times cry," said Mario Olgin.
Just a few months ago the quiet park we met at was covered with police and crime scene tape. Police took evidence form the crime scene and even took mouth swabs from everyone they interviewed who didn't have an alibi. The swabs were all sent to the DPS crime lab to be compared with DNA collected at the scene of the shooting. But now because of the back up at the crime lab, this case is at a standstill.
Meanwhile, Mollie's and Kristine's families are stuck waiting for answers knowing whoever shot the young women is still out there.
"You know, so far he's gotten away with it and what's not to say that he thinks he can do it again and some other families are gonna have to go through the pain and suffering that we're going through," said Mario Olgin.
Portland Police Chief Randy Wright says some evidence has come back but they are still waiting on the rest.
Kristine is currently in San Antonio with her family going through rehab. Her father says his daughter has quite a bit of free time so she watches crime shows on TV. In these shows, evidence collected from a crime scene is sent off and returns from a crime lab in five minutes. The case is solved in an hour.
"Sometimes she will bring this up, how come we can't have them do what those people do in the shows, you know?" said Kristine's father Hilario Chapa.
"You know, we'd like to have it tomorrow. Television shows, tend to show you know that's when it happens, right away. But the reality in law enforcement, it takes time," said Chief Wright.
With our crime lab backed up as it is, law enforcement officials say there is a good chance they and the families could be waiting a few more months or even a year.
Both families say they want answers but Kristine's family says she wants the evidence to come back for one specific reason.
"You know it just feels uh, she feels uncomfortable. She doesn't know whether this person will come back and try and harm her again," said Hilario Chapa.
Police hope the evidence will be processed and released soon, but until it is the waiting game continues and the person who committed this crime is still out on the streets.
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