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KUSA - Fifteen years ago this week, 9-year-old Sarah Skiba didn't come home to her mother. The little girl was one of three victims in a murder case that remains unsolved.

"My girl was just the bundle of energy and joy," Sarah's mom Michelle Russell said. "[She was] pretty much just a little happy kid."

Sarah was visiting her dad, Paul, for the weekend. On Sunday, February 7, 1999, she went to work with her dad at his moving company. She rode along in the moving truck with Paul and his coworker Lorenzo Chivers. At the end of the day, the trio brought the moving truck back to their lot in Westminster.

Days later, investigators found shell casings, bullet holes, and a lot of blood where the moving truck was parked. Both men's cars were gone, and the cars were later found at separate apartment buildings.

Police have no witnesses, no motive, no bodies and no murder weapon.

"This case isn't about what evidence and things that we have," Westminster Police Sgt. Matt Rippy said. "It's about what we don't have."

Investigators from several agencies interviewed dozens of friends, family members, and associates of the victims, but detectives say they haven't had any new leads in years.

Rippy says in the coming weeks, crime lab technicians will review the fingerprint evidence, using newly developed techniques, hoping to produce a match.

Rippy says it's unknown whether one or more people participated in the murder. He hopes publicizing the case will encourage someone to speak up.

"Whoever comes forward first, will be treated the best," Rippy said.

Sarah Skiba's mom grieves the loss of her little girl, and she wants the 9-year-old's body to be found so her family can have closure.

"I would have hoped we would have found her by now," Russell said. "I still hope. It's my job. I have to find her."

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