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After 30 years, a fresh look at Ardmore murder case

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Debra McClendon was found murdered in Ardmore in 1987. Her killer remains at large. (Carter County Sheriff) Debra McClendon was found murdered in Ardmore in 1987. Her killer remains at large. (Carter County Sheriff)

ARDMORE, Okla. -- The case of Debra McClendon's murder has gone unsolved for more than 30 years.

Now the hunt is back on for a suspect.

McClendon's father found her dead in her pickup truck behind Mountain View Mall on September 8, 1987. The 27-year-old woman had been shot in the head.

With a mountain of evidence but still no arrest, Ardmore police investigators say it's time to bring closure to McClendon's family.

"I've got to dig through all those documents and all those interviews and photographs, and crime scene photographs, and stuff like that to try and come up with new stuff," said Detective Matt Miller.

Police remain unsure of a few details relating to the case.

"There's a big period of time in-between there -- between the time she went missing and the time she was found -- that we have to try and piece together: What exactly happened, who was responsible for this," Miller said.

Despite the seemingly impossible task, there won't be any giving up.

"It's always something that we're going to be looking into, because it's a homicide that's unsolved in our city," Miller said. "We don't take those things lightly, even if they are 30 years old."

He believes someone does know something, and asks that they reach out to him.

"Pick up the phone and give me a call, or come down here and talk to me and help me figure it out," Miller said. "They might be able to get some stress off of them from knowing some of these things for so many years."

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