Unsolved: Andrea Pocklington

By Dave Benton | dbenton@wcia.com

Published 02/28 2014 01:34PM

Updated 02/28 2014 01:42PM

SPRINGFIELD -- It's been a year since one woman lost her niece to murder. Now, the family is asking for the public's help to catch a killer. With no one arrested, the family fears the investigation could drag on for years. WCIA-3's Dave Benton has the latest on this Unsolved case.

"Andrea as a child, adult, as a mother. As a mother."

Andrea Pocklington spent a lot of her time with her aunt and uncle. She practically grew up in Springfield, graduated from Southeast High School and was learning to become a nurse.

"Dependable, funny. I don't care what group you were in, what mode you were in. She would make you laugh."

But, the 24-year old's hopes and dreams were cut short. The mother of three, with her fourth on the way, was murdered on New Year's Eve 2012. It was one day before she was supposed to move. Her aunt may have been the last one to talk to her.

"I did offer to come get her. But, she said she wasn't feeling well. She was pregnant, six months, but the baby died too. She said she would call me if she want to the hospital. That call never came."

Pocklington lived on North 9th. Also found dead, Larry Grice. Police aren't saying much about a possible motive or any suspects. They say all options remain open as they investigate every possibility. The Young's were at the scene as police looked for clues.

"I was taking in everything, what police were doing, and I noticed something happened that happened in my father's case and I became concerned."

Tony Young says his niece was always helping someone and fears it was her kindness which put her in danger. A similar thought he had about his father. Edwin Dillard was stabbed to death in his own apartment on East Monroe ten years ago.

"My wife and I would talk to her about that and tell her, 'Whatever problem they have, they'll bring into your house.' We were protective. But, as all adults, kids will do what kids want to do."

No one's been arrested in his dad's case and police do not believe the two are related. The Young's remain hopeful those responsible for their niece's death will be found. But, they realize each passing day can make it more difficult as it has in their father's case.

"I watched the same thing happen. I'm listening to what's going on and I'm thinking, 'Now, it's been a year. I'm watching everything happen all over again.'"

They believe someone saw or heard something which could help solve both cases, but they need to come forward, especially for three young children growing up without their mother.

"If you know anything, you don't have to give your name. Please come forward for closure for her kids."

Andrea Pocklington's three children were not at home at the time of her murder. They were with their grandmother. They're now being raised by family members. A memorial fund has been set up for the family at any Marine Bank in Springfield.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers. You can remain anonymous and may earn a cash reward.

Sangamon & Menard County Crime Stoppers
(217) 788 - 8427
Text: Tip672 + info to CRIMES (274637)

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