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Thursday, July 26, 2012 marks 15 years since Tiffany Dobry Johnston was abducted from a car wash in Bethany, OK. Police found her dead body the next day, but they have still not made an arrest for her murder. Tiffany Johnston’s friends and family have waited 15 years to find out who killed her, and now that they still not not have that answer, they fear Tiffany’s case could go cold.
However, the agency investigating the case just stepped up its reward to help catch her killer. On Thursday, the OSBI raised the reward to $10,000 for information that leads to the arrest or conviction of the person or people responsible for Tiffany’s murder.
15 years ago Tiffany Dobry Johnston’s mother called out to the community for help to catch her daughter’s killer.
“This is a big town and I understand people don’t want to get involved, but this is one time people need to get involved,” said Kathy Dobry in 1997.
Now 15 years later, Kathy Dobry is even more desperate to find the person behind the crime.
“If we could really find them, it would really be nice because there will never be closure until it’s done,” said Dobry.
Tiffany had been married for three months when she was abducted and murdered. No one has ever been arrested for the crime.
“Well, it concerns all of us that a killer is not behind bars,” said Jessica Brown, Public Information Director the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations.
“We’d like to find out what happened to her,” said friend Rik Hankins.
Rik Hankins met Tiffany while they were in junior high.
“You always knew she was going to be there if you needed her,” said Hankins.
Now Hankins wants to be there for Tiffany to help find who killed her.
“Because now she doesn’ have a voice,” said Hankins. “So somebody has to stand up and say, hey, I’ll be her voice.”
On July 26 of 1997, Tiffany was abducted from the Sunshine Car Wash in Bethany. The next day, police found Tiffany’s body 11 miles west of the car wash, near Gregory Road in Canadian County.
“She was partially clothed and she had marks on her toes where they had dragged her,” said Dobry. “Her hands had been bound and tied.”
The Medical Examiner’s Office said Tiffany died from strangulation.
“She was too nice,” said Hankins. “She was too good of a person to have that happen.”
The day of her abduction, Tiffany parked her white Dodge Neon in the far west stall of the Sunshine Car Wash.
“We really think that someone knows something,” said Dobry. “They’re seen something because it was really a busy car wash.”
The day after Tiffany’s abduction, one man told police when Tiffany was at the car wash he noticed “three subjects watching” her “closely.” The man said he “felt uneasy due to the way the subjects were watching” her. However, the man told police, “the three subjects ended up leaving” before Tiffany.
“Her car sat there for 6, 7 hours before the police noticed it sitting there without anyone in it,” said Dobry.
In late 2005, Tiffany’s case became cold.
“They never got any leads, nobody ever told us anything,” said Hankins. “I think everyone just kind of sat and waited and 15 years later, everyone is still waiting.”
Tiffany’s family and friends do not think law enforcement officials have done enough to catch her killer.
“I think that Tiffany’s case has kind of been pushed back,” said Hankins.
“They’re not doing enough,” said Dobry. “They’re not checking.”
“I hate that they believe that because I believe we have done all we have been able to do up to this point,” said Jessica Brown, Public Information Director for the OSBI.
Brown says there is still hope the case could be solved.
“Someone who was afraid, for whatever reason to come forward 15 years ago, may now not have those same concerns,” said Brown.
Brown says the OSBI agent who was originally working on Tiffany’s case recently retired. However, now the agency has assigned a new agent to the case.
“He’s in the process of reading each one of those reports and once he’s done that, he will start trying to figure out what he can do to advance the case,” said Brown. “If there is anything he can do to advance the case.”
As OSBI continues to work on Tiffany’s case, Brown wants to make sure her family does not give up hope.
“We habe in the past year solved a few homicides that were 20, 30 years old,” said Brown. “So hopefully that will impress them that we can continue to do that and we will do our best.”
Tiffany’s mom has not yet given up hope, but she hopes she does not have to wait another 15 years to finally get closure.
“I want the person responsible to be brought to justice,” said Dobry.
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