Housewife helps solve cold case

A western Kentucky murder went unsolved for six years, until one woman took matters into her own hands.

It happened not far from Susan Galbreath's home. A death, a murder that would change her life.

On August 1st, 2000, police in Mayfield found the body of 18-year- old Jessica Currin, burned and dumped behind a middle school.

Police say Currin was walking down the road after a party when a car picked her up. Two days later, she turned up dead.

Time passed, the case turned cold for investigators, but Galbreath, a housewife with no police training, kept hunting.

"Somebody had to do something. And if that somebody was me, so be it," said Galbreath.

Eventually her investigation led to Quincy Cross. Galbreath was convinced he drove the car that picked up Jessica, assaulted her and strangled her with his belt.

Finally, after 6 years, Galbreath's big break came. She set up an online tribute to Jessica on Myspace, inviting comments. That's where she found Victoria Caldwell. She was at that party.

"I was afraid. I was afraid of the guy who actually did the murder," Caldwell said.

Galbreath helped put Kentucky State Police in touch with Caldwell. She eventually confessed and pointed to Cross as the ringleader.

He was sentenced to life without parole. Five accomplices were sentenced, including Caldwell, for helping dump the body.

"It felt real good for me to get that off my chest. And to give the family closure they had been looking for," Caldwell said.

Galbreath was named Citizen of the Year by the Kentucky Bureau of Investigation for her help with the case.


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