Many questions still surround suspicious death in Springfield two years later

Published: Dec. 4, 2017 at 10:57 PM CST
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Two years after a Springfield woman was found dead many questions remain. Her family is still waiting for answers.

Grace Cummings was found in her apartment at Franciscan Villa. She was shot once. Police found a gun inside but no one has been charged.

Her sister, Betty Hansen, believes someone knows something and is hoping they contact police.

"It's like living in hell. Grace deserves justice. Her family deserves answers and so do I. We want to know what happened," she said.

Investigators say they aren't sure if it was a homicide or suicide.

Hansen said, "My sister was not suicidal. My sister, she had struggled. Grace was somebody before that night. We were sisters you know."

Hansen said her sister doesn't have it in her to kill herself.

"My sister was a hippie. She was a very caring, loving person," she said.

She said something wasn't right the night her sister died.

Hansen said, "She was uneasy. I knew she was afraid. That was one reason why I stopped over there."

Soon after Hansen left her sister's apartment, she got the news that she had died.

"I know the police did an awesome job. They worked the case for ten months. They put everything they had into it, but there is someone who knows something out there," said Hansen.

Detectives presented their findings to the Greene County Prosecutor's office but it wasn't enough to charge anyone with Cumming's death.

"Unless somebody steps forward and tells what happened. That's all I'm asking. My sister deserves that. Her children deserve that. Her grandchildren deserve that. They are hurting. They no longer have her. We have questions there are no answers. She deserves justice. My sister does," said Hansen.

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