It's been almost a year since Rachel Good was last seen, and a month since investigators announced they think she was murdered. And on Wednesday came another announcement.
Starting Oct. 6, a special grand jury will convene in Rockingham Circuit Court, to hear evidence and testimony regarding the ongoing Good investigation.
"Although almost a year has passed since the disappearance of Miss Good, law enforcement continues its efforts to bring her killer to justice," Commonwealth's Attorney Marsha Garst announced at a Wednesday morning news conference.
During the search for Rachel, and now her killer, investigators have met with hundreds of people. Garst says a special grand jury is a way to get the reluctant ones to talk.
"Even though we believe we have a sizable amount of evidence, it can lead to information we have not yet uncovered," she said. "And that is a key investigative tool."
Rachel's father Cary was at Wednesday's news conference. He's among those who have received subpoenas to testify.
"I can look in this camera and say to who did this, that they're gonna get you," Cary Good told TV-3 after the news conference. "They're not gonna stop until they do."
Garst agrees. When asked if she thought the special grand jury proceedings would lead to an indictment, she replied: "I would say that I'm certain."
But Garst says there won't be an indictment until she's certain the evidence will lead to a conviction. She also won't name the primary suspect until an indictment is brought down.
A special grand jury can sit for as long as six months. But Garst doesn't expect the upcoming proceedings to last that long.
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