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Pamela Carnahan's family still praying suspect is caught in murder case

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) -- It's been a little more than a month since 33-year-old Pamela Carnahan was found murdered in her own apartment at Chateau Deville. And, her family says they're taking it one day at a time.

The Alexandria Police Department says it's keeping details surrounding the case quiet in order to protect the investigation. And, as it continues, the family says they're continuing to pray that a suspect is caught.

News Channel 5's Brooke Buford sat down with Carnahan's mother and husband as the investigation continues.

"We're taking it one day at a time," said Peggy Lagrange, Pamela Carnahan's mother. "It's very hard to live without her."

Pamela Carnahan's mother says she won't give up hope that whoever murdered her daughter is found by police. But, some days, she says she starts to worry.

"From what I've always heard, the longer it goes, the less likely of a chance they have at finding anybody," she said.

Lagrange and Carnahan's husband, Daniel, say they don't have a clue as to who would want to kill her or why.

"No ma'am," said Daniel Carnahan. "No, because everybody loved her. She has been a sweet girl all her life," said Lagrange.

It was Daniel who found his wife's body in their apartment. The family says they became worried about her safety when she failed to pick up her 5-year-old daughter from the bus stop.

"When they called me, I was at work," said Lagrange. "His sister is the one that called me. She just told me that there was a lot of blood. That's all I knew. I took off. I prayed the whole time there."

Since that day, the family says updates from police surrounding the case have been few.

"I know they've got their procedures they follow," said Lagrange. "I know they can't tell a whole lot. But, it seems like they could tell us something. Ease our mind a little bit."

The Alexandria Police Department says it's working around the clock to give the family the answers they need.

"Things like forensic testing can take from four weeks to four months to get back from the labs," said Lt. Bruce Fairbanks of the Alexandria Police Department. "Evidence needs to be processed. Statements need to be taken. They're working as hard as they can to bring the case to a close."

But, in order to protect the case and catch a suspect, they have to keep details about the investigation quiet. 

"We have been in contact with the family last week and even this morning," said Lt. Fairbanks. "We truly sympathize with the family and feel their pain and we're doing all that we can do to solve this investigation for them and give them some closure."

Carnahan's family says they'll continue to hope and pray that someone is arrested soon.

"That's all we can do is pray that God shows us a way to live with this and that God helps the police to find whoever did this," said Lagrange.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to get in touch with police.

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