ANNISTON, Ala. (AP) - A cold case squad in Calhoun County has
reopened the unsolved 1992 murder of Phyllis Burdett.
Investigators for the squad have covered the walls and tables of
their office with crime scene photos, sketches and theories.
Burdett hadn't regularly worked behind the counter of her shop in a long while.
She left that task to her mother, who lived next door to the tropical fish supply shop, The Fish Net, at the intersection of Saks Road and U.S. 431.
But with her mom out of town, the store needed minding, so Burdett filled in.
Early in the afternoon of May 18, 1992, someone attacked the 38-year-old and left her bleeding on the store floor.
She would die later that night in a hospital in Birmingham, leaving behind her mother, her son, her husband and a host of questions that remain unanswered to this day.
Neither her family nor investigators know who killed her or why.
Her purse, the murder weapon and any reasons for the attack vanished along with the killer or killers.
The cold case squad has solved several murders in the county that had remained mysteries for years and now hopes to add the Burdett murder to its list of successes. The squad is a cooperative effort between the Calhoun County district attorney's office and the sheriff's office.
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