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Family refuses to let cold case be forgotten

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COMANCHE, Okla._Nearly 26 years has passed since the brutal murder of a young mother in Comanche. Now her cold case is being given new light thanks to her family and friends.

Police found 25-year-old Mary Morgan Pewitt dead in her home back on June 4, 1988. She had been stabbed over thirty times and her killer vanished without a trace. After decades of dead ends, loved ones are now pleading with investigators to keep trying.

Mary's first cousin, Becky Pentland, says not one day has gone by since she and her relatives have thought about Mary and the way she was brutally taken from them. She says they refuse to let Mary become a cold case statistic, not only do they desperately want to keep her memory alive but they want win the battle for justice once and for all.

"Nothing to this day has ever affected or hit me like that, said Pentland. “I feel like somebody reached into my chest, grabbed my heart and crushed it."

Becky Pentland grew up with her beloved cousin, Mary Morgan, who she says was the darling of the family.

"She was just a world of fun. I just love her so much...I thought of her as a little sister."

That little girl soon turned into a wife and later a mother, an ordinary woman whose death would rock the small town of Comanche. Today, that day still stings for those close to Mary and that caused them to spring into action.

"I was talking with one of her daughters and I said ‘do you mind if I set up a Facebook page because this just keeps beating at me’," said Pentland.

Within one month, Pentland had over four hundred followers on the Facebook page with photos and sentiments pouring in. She later launched a petition online to the OSBI asking them to dust Mary's case off and start anew.

"This wasn't like a gunshot or something like that. She was basically butchered and slaughtered. She was stabbed over 35 times. I want them in prison and paying for what they've done," said Pentland. "She was a very loving and giving person and she did not deserve this. She loved her daughters, she loved her family. They need to pay. They need to pay for what they did."

Pentland's Facebook page was successful in getting the OSBI to assign a brand new agent to the case. Several folks have been asked for information in the Comanche area.

If you have any information, you're asked to call the OSBI at (580)248-4050 so this family can find the closure they need.

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