St. Louis County Investigators may be just a telephone tip away from breaking one of the most notorious murder cases in the Northland.
Trina Langenbrunner was murdered near Brookston on the Fond du Lac reservation on Labor Day weekend of 2000.
Not only did Trina lose her life ...but her family was robbed of closure and the ability to heal.
I'm going thru so much...it would just be so nice to have her there...for me. It's like I don't know what to do.
Shelly was just 11 when her mother was killed.
Her Brother Todd 12 and a half.....and older sister Shela was 14.
I hope their guilt eats away at them....the way we hurt I hope they hurt with their guilt.
When you talk about the pain...we go thru I look at Trina's children you know. And I see hurt, I see pain...Anxiety...stress...and that hurts.
33 year old Trina had gone to Brookston with girlfriends to have a drink at this small tavern.
The next morning a passerby made a grizzly discovery on Duff Road just outside of town.
Her lifeless body was found here along this gravel road. She had been stabbed multiple times. Who killed Trina Langenbrunner? It's question that has gone unanswered for nearly eight years.
I know she's not going to come back...I know I'll never see her here on earth...I know that. And I've come to realize that and accept that...but this, the anger is still there for what somebody had done to her...and took their mother away.
Margaret Dupuis raised her grandchildren...and encourages them to honor Trina's memory.
They make frequent visits to her grave near their home just outside of Cloquet.
Margaret says it's hard to watch the children struggle as they come to terms with their Mother's senseless death.
It does break my heart...and I know they go thru this all the time, everyday...the kids do. And there is nothing they can do about it.
Nearly a thousand tips have been cataloged by St. Louis County investigators working to solve Trina's murder...and tips are still coming in.
Was it an act of random violence by a stranger passing through the area--or murder at the hand of someone she knew?
Sergeant Jason Lukovsky says in all likelihood the name of the killer is in one of these files.
There have been people who have been told certain things about this crime and they, they know what happened...and it's just a matter of them coming forward.
Trina was a member of the Fond Du Lac Band of Chippewa.
Most of her family lives on the reservation, a closely knit community where murder is rare.
After eight long years....It is possible fear is holding someone back from telling what they know.
They are in fear of possible retaliation, being ostracized, from the community...That might be why.
I wish somebody would come forward...or they'll find a break that proves somebody did it.
A significant reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction and Justice for Trina.
Help us. Help us with closure. Come forward. Don't be afraid...do what you got to do.
The $100,000 reward leading to the arrest and conviction of Trina's killer is still on the table.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the St. Louis County Sheriff's Department.