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Slain teenís mom still seeks justice


Pfc. Amanda Gonzales, shown on a September 2001 trip to Paris, was found dead in her barracks room in Hanau, Germany, seven years ago this month. Her killing remains unsolved.


Slain teenís mom still seeks justice
By John Vandiver, Stars and Stripes
European edition, Sunday, November 9, 2008

Itís been seven long years.

But Gloria Bates, the mother of a murdered daughter, still believes there will be justice.

"It hasnít gone to cold case. Itís still open and theyíre still investigating," Bates said from her home in Dallas. "We havenít let up hope."

Nov. 5 marked the seven-year anniversary of the murder of Pfc. Amanda Gonzales, whose body was found on the floor of her third-floor barracks room on Fliegerhorst Casern in Hanau, Germany. Gonzales, 19, was five-months pregnant when she was strangled to death.

In the time since her death, much has changed. The base where she worked as an Army cook has closed. The soldiers assigned there have scattered. Yet DNA evidence continues to be analyzed, Bates said.

According to Bates, the DNA analysis has been slow going. And with two wars going on, agents with the Armyís Criminal Investigation Command also are stretched thin, she said.


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