VIGO CO., Ind. (WTHI) - One family hopes to find answers nearly ten years after a young girl's death.
In 2003, police believe someone killed Jamie Gillie, 3, and investigators ruled her case a homicide, but made no arrests.
Now, her family wants Jamie's cold case solved.
They've created a support group Facebook page, hoping someone will come forward with answers.
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But until the answers come, the Gillies will continue to remember her life every year on her birthday.
"Jamie," wrote her sister Tiffany Gillie, "I love and miss you with all my heart. Every year gets harder for me to live without you. I miss all the fun times we had together and was looking forward to many more. Unfortunately, that did not happen. All I want you to know is that I hope you have a great 13th birthday in heaven, and that you will never be forgotten."
Thursday would have been Jamie's 13th birthday.
Instead, it's a day of remembrance for a life lost as it was beginning.
"Um, Jamie died when she was three-years-old. She would have been four the next day," said Tiffany Gillie,17, who was eight-years-old at the time. "She was looking forward to preschool. She was very loving; she loved cats."
The last memory Tiffany shared with her sister is etched in her heart nine years later.
"The last memory I remember was whenever she was vomiting blood, and I laid her down to sleep, because she was sick. We slept in the same bedroom, so I told her to go lay down, and helped her get in bed," said Tiffany. "I was in class, and I got a call and had to go to the office…they told me that my sister had passed away."
Since then, she's come to Highland Cemetery, where Jamie's buried, to remember her sister's birthday.
"We all come out here as a family and decorate the grave…and with the seasons. We put Halloween stuff on, because her birthday was around Halloween," said Tiffany.
But Tiffany wants more than memories.
"I will never give up trying to help solve [Jamie's] cold case. [Jamie's] murderer will pay for what they have done to [her]. Then, you can rest in peace…love Tiffany," Tiffany said.
The Gillie family has set up a fund for reward money for anyone who has information on the case that leads to the arrest of a suspect.
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