Sorrow and anger over Tracy murder

April 8, 2009 1:29:56 PM PDT
Tracy police held a news conference on their investigation into the abduction and murder of an eight-year old girl. They're revealing just how personal they're taking the hunt for Sandra Cantu's killer - reflecting the emotions of the entire Tracy community.SIGN-UP: Get breaking news sent to you from ABC7 News

Police are not saying much about the investigation, but they still believe they are headed in the right direction.

There was a flurry of activity at the Clover Road Baptist Church on Tuesday, a total of 15 search warrants were executed, and everyone at the mobile home park interviewed has been interviewed at least once, but still no suspect.

"We are not focused on single person at this time; we are looking at a lot of people. Everyone we have talked to has been cooperative, and we are working very diligently," said Sgt. Tony Sheneman, Tracy police.

In front of the mobile home park where Sandra Cantu lived - the memorial continues to grow because of people like Javita Rodgers, the mother of a six year old girl.

"There is a feeling of loss for her family - I just wanted to do something," said Rodgers.

You couldn't miss the Hello Kitty balloons - remembering the Hello Kitty t-shirt Sandra was wearing when her body was found Monday inside a suitcase in an irrigation ditch two miles from her home. The same t-shirt she had on in the last images we have of her alive in front of her home 12 days ago.

"When I saw the video of her skipping it really hit home because I have a 3-year-old daughter at home. So I've been watching what's going on," said Robert Hoock, Tracy resident.

Mike Romine brought horseshoes for Sandra. He's not the only one whose initial sorrow is turning to anger.

"I would like to meet the guy in person who did it, I don't have too much to say about that - it's pretty messed up," said Mike Romine, Clear Lake resident.

There are personal notes at the memorial and hundreds of messages of sympathy written over an enlarged picture of Sandra and cards from a group of grade school children - one says 'everything is going to be fine,' and some day out here it may once again be fine, it just won't be the same.

The autopsy was performed on Tuesday and results are not yet in.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Tracy Police at: 1-209-831-6TIP

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