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Springfield teens search for dad's killer

Published: Tuesday, February 16, 2016 @ 4:11 PM
Updated: Tuesday, February 16, 2016 @ 4:11 PM
By: Becky Grimes

SPRINGFIELD - Two teenagers are determined to find out who killed their father 13 years ago. They recently reached out to News Center 7 in a letter asking us to
look into this Clark County cold case. 

The body of Chad Mullenix, 23, was found by a neighbor in his apartment at the Ashton Meadows complex on January 23, 2003. He was laying on his back in the kitchen
with a gunshot wound to the head. 

Chad's children were only babies when he was shot to death but now Kiersten Mullenix, 17 and her brother Phillip, 16, are on the hunt for his killer.

"I just want to know why and who? I could be seeing the guy everyday, or her," said Kiersten. "I just want to know why and why...why my dad?"

Kiersten, who is graduating from high school in May, is planning to go to college and major in criminal justice. 

"I want to be a detective. I want to help people get justice that I haven't gotten," said Kiersten. 

Phillip is interested in cars and his mother, Heather Moore, said he looks a lot like his father. 

"They've always known about their dad," said Moore. "I've always kept the memory alive." 

Clark County Sheriff Gene Kelly said the Mullenix murder is on his list of cold cases. Detectives just need that additional piece of evidence to bring this case to a conclusion. 

"We believe that we've had a viable suspect and we believe that the person who took his life, who committed this homicide, still lives in this area," said Sheriff Kelly.

Detectives said Mullenix, who suffered from Cerebral Palsy, was taking prescribed painkillers. They also know that he had been a victim of arson when a girlfriend set his van on fire.
They also know that he was alive on Jan. 21 when he was captured by a bank camera getting money out of his account.

However, robbery does not appear to be the motive because nothing was missing from Chad's apartment and he has $500 in his pocket at the time of the murder.

"Chad left behind two children and in his memory, we would like to solve this crime," said Kelly.