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DNA results in Brown Co. homicide expected soon, residents on alert

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BROWNWOOD, Texas - The Brown County Sheriff's Department is expecting DNA results next week in the homicide investigation of Chantay Blankinship -- evidence the department believes will greatly help in cracking this case. Sheriff George Caldwell said they have no reason to believe there's more than one suspect involved in the 25-year-old's murder. Her body was found on May 15 five miles from her Lake Brownwood home. "We're hopeful that someone will come forward with information to solve this case," Caldwell said. "I'm taking it personal, I don't want any murderer running loose." Residents living in Blankinship's north Lake Brownwood neighborhood are fearful. They're anxious for someone to be charged with her death. "Everyone has got to have a buddy system now," said Amy Followill, a resident of Harbor Point. "No one can be alone, no one is even fishing." "I'm angry, I feel like it should already be over with," said Catherine McDaniel, Blankinship's mother. "I think that they should've already caught the killer." The sheriff said he understands that the community is upset about this incident. Danny Willingham is the Chief Executive Officer of the Boys and Girls Club of Brown County. He knew Blankinship well; she spent 10 years attending the club from 2003 to 2013. "Chantay was a loving and trusting girl," Willingham said. "[She] liked everybody she met, and that might've been her downfall." He said the news of her death made him heartbroken but also spurred him to action. He began taking proactive measures to protect club members. "We even applied for a grant through the Texas Juvenile Justice Department to make young girls more aware," Willingham said. "You need to tell kids that this is real, that it's happening, and it can happen anywhere." The reward money for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in this case is up to $5,000, according to the BCSO. "A quick resolving of the case will be ideal for everyone," Caldwell said.

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