Unsolved Murder

For the mother of an Omaha teenager, the past three months has been the worst.

Nan Neal’s 16-year-old daughter Sarah was murdered in June, but the case remains unsolved – a wound that time is not healing.

“It’s getting harder,” said Nan. “And it’s probably going to get harder.”

Three months ago, Sarah was found murdered in her home near 54th and Fowler.

“Everything makes me grieve,” said Nan. “I grieve when the kids went back to school, because this would have been Sarah’s senior year. She was so excited about her senior year.”

No arrests have been made in the case. All Omaha police will say is Sarah’s murder is still under investigation. But Sarah’s family believes their daughter’s dark secret is a clue to her murder.

Shortly before Sarah’s death, Nan came across some of Sarah’s poetry and drawings. That’s when she learned Sarah had been sexually assaulted when she was six years old.

Nan believes her daughter’s decade-old secret led her down a destructive path. She said her daughter had a tendency to make bad decisions about those she befriended.

“I do believe if that hadn’t happened that she would be alive,” said Nan. “Her life would have taken a very different path and she’d be alive today.”

Some say time heals. It never healed Sarah’s pain and so far, it hasn’t healed her mother’s.

“It’s going to go on forever,” Nan said.

Sarah’s murder is one of several homicides this summer that remain unsolved.

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