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Families of Murdered Newton Couple Still Searching for Answers

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By Addie Olson



Melisa Gregory and her boyfriend, Steven Fischer, were beaten to death in Newton 30 years ago. The families gathered for a candlelight vigil Sunday night, to say that they're still searching for answers.

It was a brutal double homicide that has gone unsolved for too long.

"The families have been through hell for many years," said Melisa Gregory's sister-in-law, Karen Gregory.

They haven't forgotten the ones they lost.

"She was very high–spirited, she was funny, she loved anybody and everybody," said Lisa Gregory, Melisa's sister.

And they haven't given up the search for whoever is responsible for murdering their 17-year-old sister and 20-year-old Steven Fischer.

"Somebody knows what happened, somebody knows who did this," Karen said. "We want people to come forward, go to the police, talk to us. Speak about what they know, what they remember."

The couple was found beaten to death at the Copper Dollar Ranch northwest of Newton.

Nobody was ever charged and the case went cold. In 2003 it opened again, and police are still searching for whoever is responsible.

"In 30 years, friendships and loyalties can change," said Jasper County Sheriff John Halferty. "And we believe that in 1983 there may have been some people that weren't able to, or didn't tell us all of the information they had, and we know there are people here that have information that can help us and we're inviting them to come forward."

Anyone who might have that information can contact police anonymously by calling their tip line: (641)792-0354 or via email: copperdollar@jaspersheriff.org.

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