There is hope from the lead detective that the murder of 13-year-old Jessica Funk Haslam will be solved.
“I don’t feel that it’s gonna be an unsolved case in any way,” Sacramento County Sheriff’s Detective Paul Belli said. “We continue to get tips every day, certainly weekly.”
And evidence collected and analyzed has investigators releasing this detail for the first time.
“Based upon the crime scene and the evidence we have gathered, I don’t believe it was a stranger,” Belli said.
During the past year, hundreds of tips have lead detectives down many paths. But none leading to the suspect.
Early in the investigation, law enforcement collected DNA from area students.
“When we were out conducting those DNA cheek swabs, it was specifically designed so that we could potentially rule folks out,” he said. “We canvassed about 300 homes in the area.”
One of those homes, mentioned specifically in a letter sent to FOX40 two weeks after the murder, with information about the alleged killer.
“We did look into this, specifically when the letter came in. Looked back on what we’ve done initially, made sure there was nothing we had missed,” Belli said.
To ensure there was nothing missed, detectives even tracked down who “Skittles” was – information FOX40 gleaned from area psychics, who found the name “Skittles” under a picnic table.
“None of us, in my team are going to let a team go, because you just never know,” Belli added.