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Henderson PD still seeking clues in cold case slaying

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Diane Hietbrink was found dead inside her home on Nebraska Street on Sept. 25, 1996. (Source: Henderson PD) Diane Hietbrink was found dead inside her home on Nebraska Street on Sept. 25, 1996. (Source: Henderson PD)
The Hietbrink home where Diane was found has since been demolished for development. Here's what Nebraska Street looked back in 1996. (Source: Henderson PD) The Hietbrink home where Diane was found has since been demolished for development. Here's what Nebraska Street looked back in 1996. (Source: Henderson PD)
A key clue found at the scene was a ripped blue shirt pocket. (Source: Henderson PD) A key clue found at the scene was a ripped blue shirt pocket. (Source: Henderson PD)
A handwritten card was also found at the scene of the slaying. (Source: Henderson PD) A handwritten card was also found at the scene of the slaying. (Source: Henderson PD)
HENDERSON, NV (FOX5) -

Police reaffirmed Wednesday its commitment to finding a suspect in a Henderson woman's slaying that took place nearly 17 years ago.

According to Henderson police, evidence in the death of Diane Hietbrink was resubmitted for additional DNA testing last month in the hopes of finding new clues in the case.

"We don't close murder cases until they're solved. … We decided to resubmit all of the blood evidence to try to have it retested to see if more clues can come from that testing," said Keith Paul, spokesperson for the Henderson Police Department.

Hietbrink, 58, was found by her husband dead in a pool of blood at their home on Nebraska Street on Sept. 25, 1996, police said. The Hietbrink home has since been demolished.

Authorities said Hietbrink sustained multiple stab wounds.

Police say they are not giving up on finding a suspect or suspects in the case, hoping anyone near the crime scene at the time could provide new pieces of information.

"No murder case is ever closed until it is solved," Henderson Police Chief Patrick Moers said. "We want to bring the killers to justice, and we want to give the families of the victims some measure of closure. It is our hope that anyone who has any information in this case will come forward."

Witnesses at the time said a Hispanic man in his early 20s was seen in the area. That person wore a blue and white buttoned-down striped shirt when he was seen leaving the rear of the house and boarding a bus, police said.

"She was really gentle and kind person, very loving, very giving," said David Johnson, Hietbrink's brother.

Johnson said because the case has been unsolved for so long, his family has suffered from not knowing who killed Hietbrink.

"It was the toughest thing that we've ever been through. ... I used to wake up and cry every morning for months. I hadn't smoked in six or seven years. I picked up the habit," Johnson said.

Police urged anyone who can provide information on the slaying to contact Henderson police at 702-267-4750 or Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555.

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