Jonesville, NC -- A Jonesville police officer was gunned down in cold blood during a routine traffic stop and 16 years later, investigator are still looking for the suspect(s) who committed such a ruthless crime.
According to the Jonesville police chief, Sergeant Gregory Martin's case is now the only active police murder investigation in the state of North Carolina.
Chief Roger Reece says despite the murder being almost two decades old, leads continue to come in - in fact, there was one Tuesday afternoon.
But none of those leads have taken investigators anywhere close to solving Officer Martin's murder.
Brittany Martin was just 6-years-old when her dad went to work and never came back.
"For 16 years, I've not had a dad and it hurts more than ever," Brittany said through tears.
The Jonesville Police Department dedicated a monument in Sergeant Martin's honor. Brittany has visited the site right in front of the police department many times but looking at it still hurts.
"There've been days when I just sit down and cry because I can't remember what my daddy's hands looked like," she said.
But old pictures are helping remember the man who promised to serve and protect and died doing just that.
"I can remember the night very well: momma woke me up in the middle of the night saying your dad's been hurt," Brittany said.
On October 5, 1996, around 2 am, Martin made a routine traffic stop on Highway 77 in Yadkin County.
The suspect shot Sergeant Martin multiple times, then took off; Martin was just 30-years-old.
"I remember when this happened, it terrorized not only the community but law enforcement too," Chief Reece said.
Hundreds of tips have led to composites of three suspects but no names, no arrests.
"This case can be a roller coaster ride, you get a lead in, you think one that's going to be a good lead, and next thing you know it goes bad," the chief said.
Martin was the first Jonesville officer killed in the line of duty but to Brittany he was just a dad who never got to see his little girl grow up.
"Someone took away my dad being there, and tucking me in to bed, and seeing all the accomplishments that I've made in my life and I just wish I can just get justice," she said.
Brittany's grandmother, who was young and vibrant when Officer Martin was killed, is now in her 70s with bad health. She says her biggest wish is to see her son's killer behind bars before her time here on earth is up.
The FBI and police across the country are working this case; that's because there's a 200-mile long crime scene from Yadkin County to Virginia where the suspect stole a vehicle.
Investigators are offering a $130,000 reward for tips leading to an arrest.
WFMY News 2, Jonesville Police Department