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Stamford family seeks answers in 29-year-old cold case

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STAMFORD, Texas - It's been 29 years since the murder of 7-year-old Cortney Clayton, who walked to a Stamford convenience store about a block from her home on Sept. 2, 1988 and was never heard from again.

Six months after she disappeared, hunters found Cortney's remains in Shackelford County. Law enforcement was able to match hair to strands left behind on Cortney's brush. That's when her father, Stan Clayton, said he and his wife found closure. He felt at ease that she was finally at peace.

Now Clayton just wants the man responsible for his daughter ' s death behind bars.

"Even though it's been 30 years, we still need the answer of who did it," said Clayton.

After years went by, investigators retired and were replaced. Stan said he could feel his daughter ' s case grow cold. Every now and then, someone would talk to his wife or his sons about something they remembered, he said, but they wouldn ' t share their stories with police.

" We kind of sort of lost hope because things just kind of died down, but then miracles always happen," Clayton said.

The investigation was finally handed over to the Texas Rangers and Cortney ' s killing made the DPS cold case list. In September, DPS doubled the $3,000 reward for leads to help find her killer. Now all Cortney ' s family needs is for people to come forward with anything that can help crack her case.

To be eligible for the cash rewards, tipsters must provide information to authorities by calling the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477). All tips are anonymous.

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