On Nov. 12, 2009, the body of Pamela Judy was found burning in her black Chevrolet Colorado in a remote area of the Monongahela National Forest.
Fast forward four years, and the mystery and events surrounding her death remain shrouded by time and speculation.
Judy's untimely demise has been ruled undetermined by the state medical examiner's office, and the investigating officer, Cpl. K.A. Corley of the West Virginia State Police, "can't speculate" as to whether the death was murder or suicide.
Very little is known about the events of that November day.
What little that is known is Judy reportedly logged off her home computer at 10:48 a.m., leaving her home along Mountainview Drive in the Lower Oak Grove addition of Elkins. She was spotted in her truck at Parrack's Nationwide Insurance on Harrison Avenue in Elkins at approximately 11:30 a.m. However, between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. - when a hunter called the Randolph County E-911 Center to report a truck burning in a remote area of the national forest - virtually nothing is known about Judy's whereabouts.
Without leaping to conclusions, suicide seems unlikely, especially in light of the manner of death. According to suicide.org, fire ranks extremely low (less than 1 percent) as a chosen method - especially in women.
Speculation aside, law enforcement officials still are actively investigating the case, following up on each and every possible lead and angle.
"The investigation is ongoing, and we're still looking into leads," Corley said earlier this week. "When we receive leads, we check on those leads, but so far, there hasn't been much in terms of leads at this time."
That's why the public is encouraged to get involved and report any information - no matter how minute or insignificant - to the proper authorities.
Someone, somewhere has information about this case, and someone truly knows what happened to Pamela Judy.
It is time that this case be solved and Judy's family finds closure in this horrible tragedy.
Of course, this is just one of many cold cases that plague local law enforcement officials.
In the coming weeks, The Inter-Mountain will be looking at several of these cases, profiling each one in a series, in hopes of shaking loose new leads that may help to break these long-unsolved crimes.
Anyone with any information on the Judy case is encouraged to call Corley at 304-637-0200.