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The hunt for a killer

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No witnesses, no suspects and no clues.

That's what a Las Vegas couple has been hearing for 20 years as they've been seeking answers in the murder of their daughter.

This month marks two decades since the slaying of Sara Halsey.

Sara Halsey's parents, John Halsey and Elaine Cavagnaro, feel like they've been trying to solve the crime alone. With this anniversary, they're hoping someone will finally step forward with information.

"We really would do anything to keep the case alive," John Halsey said.

The couple wakes up every morning with the pain of knowing their daughter's murderer has never been caught.

"I get frustrated at times because I really want to see it solved," Cavagnaro said.

In fact, it's a Las Vegas crime case many have forgotten. Just after midnight on May 21, 1993, Sara Halsey was shot in the chest in the parking lot of a Las Vegas nightclub.

"One of those other girls came and knocked on my door and told me Sara had been shot," John Halsey recalled.

Retired Metro Lt. Randy Sutton was working patrol that night.

"I remember that it was an urgent shooting and that units responded immediately," Sutton said.

Sara Halsey had gone to the Shark Club on Harmon Avenue near the Strip.

"At that time, the Shark Club was one of the first nightclubs in the city," said Sutton.

Around midnight, she was out in front of the club smoking a cigarette when a car pulled up.

"They called her over to the car to borrow a cigarette," John Halsey said. "She got by the window, they grabbed her purse and she resisted. And the person shot her."

She was shot in the chest over the $20 or so that was in her purse.

"When you get that kind of a call, you go into some other place you've never been," said Cavagnaro.

Since then, Sara Halsey's parents have struggled with the tragedy and a mystery that remains unsolved.

"She would have rather have been a young woman, happy and dancing for the rest of her life, and somebody took it away," said Cavagnaro.

The Shark Club no longer exists, replaced by a hotel tower.

Sara Halsey's parents are frustrated and feel Metro police should have devoted more resources to solving the crime.

"We would like to see the cold case files open and active," John Halsey said.

"I believe in my heart that they could solve some of them," Cavagnaro added.

Sutton said Metro used to have retired detectives work cases such as this in their free time.

"But due to fiscal constraints, Metro no longer has those people," he said.

Police have few leads in the case and no suspects. Sara Halsey's friend who was with her that night is among those witnesses. Unfortunately, she couldn't recall much.

"Because when the shot happened, she apparently, as you would expect, tried to get some cover," John Halsey said.

Back in the early 1990s, surveillance cameras weren't as common as they are now. The crime wasn't captured on tape. Still, Sara Halsey's parents are convinced someone out there knows something.

"If they would come forward, we would really appreciate it," John Halsey said.

"Every day, we wonder, would she be married? Would she have the children that she wanted? Would she have a little girl named Jeffery like she wanted? I'm just thankful that we had her for the 20 years we did. We were blessed," Cavagnaro said.

This case is just one of about 1,000 cold cases on Metro's books.

If you have any information about this case, you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555.

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