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Family of victim in 30-year-old murder feels the case has been forgotten

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The family of a mother of two, who was stabbed 15 times and left in an alley, feels the murder of their loved one has been forgotten after 30 years.

Martha Thompson recalls the night she learned her daughter, Brenda Jean Web, had been stabbed to death. 

"I said mom, had Brenda been here? She said 'no'," Thompson explained. 

"Well she's not coming home," Thompson recalled telling her mother. "Brenda's dead. I saw it on the news." 

Martha Thompson's son, Charles Holt, got the same feeling as his mother after seeing a news clip July 6th, 1984 about a murdered woman who was missing a tooth. "That's you know, I felt that little," Holt tried to say, "part where..." 

He struggled to explain the feeling, "That's my sister," he finally said.

Web was 21 when she went out that night to a pool hall. 

"She said she'd be back but she never came back," her mother said.

No one knows exactly what happened to Brenda after she left the pool hall. Her body was found in an alley off East Market Street behind a White Castle that is now gone.

The family feels like her case has been forgotten. 

"I know there has to be some type of DNA there, they just threw it in a drawer and shut it and let it go," said Holt.

Sergeant Donny Burbrink knows exactly where to find Brenda Jean's file among 475 other cold case homicides. 

"This right here is her investigation," said Sargeant Donny Burbrink, holding up two thick folders. "You talk about a time consuming process and it's not one you make a mistake on."

Detectives got a new lead in 2011, and they have sent DNA evidence for testing. 

"They collected DNA evidence in the eighties, problem was they didn't have the capabilities that we have now," said Burbrink. 

But it can take up to two years to get DNA results on cold cases, but the detectives are making progress.

"I can tell you from the original case file, there were several persons of interest. We've kind of narrowed it down -- I think -- to two or three people who we think are viable suspects right now," said Burbrink.

Detectives say even after 30 years, they still need tips. 

"If somebody calls me and says, 'Hey I knew Brenda Jean Webb, and this is someone she was hanging out with the night before she died.' Great, now we have someone we can go talk to," said Burbrink. "It's little information like that that can turn into something bigger. It's that spark that starts the fire."

The family wants closure and justice, and Brenda's brother has one thing left to say: "Just get him."

If you have any informationa bout this case you can remain anonymous and call LMPD's tipline, 574-LMPD.

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