CRESTVIEW The Crestview Police Department seeks information on the 2006 homicide of Melissa Lynn Howard.


CRESTVIEW The Crestview Police Department seeks information on the 2006 homicide of Melissa Lynn Howard.



Howard, a mother of three, was 33 when someone murdered her inside her 222 Tiffot Court home on the night of Jan. 6, 2006. She died from multiple stab wounds and blunt force trauma to the head, according to previous articles in the Crestview News Bulletin.



Several suspects were questioned, but no arrests were made.



Police are working with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement on the cold case's investigation.



"I know the citizens are frustrated, but they are nowhere (near) as frustrated as the family and the police officers are in trying to solve that case," Lt. Andrew Schneider, the department's public information officer, said. "Over a period of time, 10 or more investigators have worked on this case.



"We don't like cold cases, especially murder cases that are unsolved .... We will pull on every string that comes in front of us."



Due to the case still being open, police said, they could not release details on the investigation.



Howard's unsolved murder is one of a few cold cases involving murder, police said, adding the public's help with leads and evidence will help close such cases.



"If we don't get the evidence, the information, the tips that we need, then we are at a standstill," Schneider said. 



Despite the passage of time, police believe the case will be solved.



"It's going to take time, but that person who killed Melissa Howard is going to face justice," Schneider said. "It's just a matter of us finding the right strings to pull."



Anyone with information on Melissa Howard's murder can contact Sgt. Donald Howe or Lt. Eddie Lehneis at 682-3544 or email them, howed@crestviewpd.org or lehneise@crestviewpd.org



Contact News Bulletin Staff Writer Matthew Brown at 850-682-6524 or matthewb@crestviewbulletin.com. Follow him on Twitter @cnbMatthew.