- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - It’s been four years since a Monroe County farmer harvesting corn happened upon the body of Crystal Grubb, a 29-year-old mother of two who had been strangled and left there among the dry stalks by her killer.

A killer who has never been charged.

Investigators suspect the Bloomington woman’s boyfriend at the time and have identified him as a suspect. They say he and two other men were in the remote and rural area just northwest of Bloomington making methamphetamine.

Grubb was with them, Monroe County police say, but they left without her.

Ever since her daughter’s murder, Janice Grubb has awakened every day to the pain of missing her daughter and anger about her killer not being held accountable.

One thousand, four hundred and sixty days.

“I just want there to be justice for Crystal,” her mom told The Herald-Times (https://bit.ly/ZvjQHQ ) Wednesday as she put finishing touches on signs for friends and family to carry in a memorial walk honoring her daughter and reminding people her killer has not been charged.

“We want justice done now!” one sign proclaims. “Why hasn’t justice been done?” asks another.

“I think about it a lot, all the time, really,” Janice said. “There are people who think I ought to get on with my life and not worry so much about this. But the Lord gives me the strength to go on, and it’s for Crystal. I pray every night for justice.”

Ivy Tech student Matt Tanner met Janice a few weeks ago, even though they have lived in the same neighborhood for years.

“I was touched by Crystal’s story and wanted to show support to them,” he said along the memorial walk’s route as the crowd neared the Monroe County Courthouse Wednesday evening.

Nytessa Carter, a family member from Indianapolis, passed out 50 purple bracelets she and her three kids made. John Sheets, of Medora, told a story about visiting with Crystal Grubb and her grandfather Bill Pedro back in the ‘90s. Pedro and his wife had given Crystal a red spaniel dog, Peaches. Sheets said the couple gave him a Lhasa Apso, called Sugar.

By the memorial walk’s end, Tina Pedro sat cross-legged on the ground and wept as Sarah McLachlan’s “Angel” played from a boombox in Peoples Park. Tina Pedro and her son gave each other a tearful hug before Ricky Pedro left, saying he was going to check on other family members. Although he and Crystal Grubb were cousins, she was like a sister to him, he said. More than losing a family member, he lost the person he confided in the most.

Kroger donated snacks and bottled water for participants, and the American Legion donated $200 to pay for 175 special blue-and-gold ribbons for people to wear. At the center of each ribbon is a heart, outlined in gold. There was some cash left over, so Grubb bought 12 Little Caesar’s pizzas to feed those walking in memory of her daughter, whose 33rd birthday would have been on Aug. 22.

Janice talks regularly with the detective investigating her daughter’s murder, but never receives encouraging news. “There’s never anything new. All he can tell me is that they are pretty sure what happened, but they don’t have enough evidence to hold them.”

So she carries on - frustrated, sad and sometimes just plain mad - that while she visits her daughter’s grave in Valhalla Memory Gardens, crying and remembering, the one responsible for her being there goes about his life. Crystal’s boyfriend at the time, 47-year-old Adrian Henley, currently is serving a year in prison for methamphetamine possession, but is scheduled for release on Halloween.

Janice Grubb said her granddaughters, Crystal’s girls, are now 6 and 10 years old. “The older one, she looks just like her mom,” she said. They had been living with their dad, but are now with his mother since his arrest - for manufacturing methamphetamine and related drug charges.

Centerstone caseworkers drove the girls from Brown County to attend the walk this year.

Abby and Rose Williams ask questions children their age don’t usually ask, Janice Grubb said Wednesday evening at Peoples Park.

They ask when justice will be done for their mom. Abby asked if her dad was coming to the walk, if he was even allowed.

He wasn’t there.

Janice worries about them, and hopes they will see justice for the mother who’s not here to watch them grow up.

“I am not going to give up,” she said. “Nope, I won’t.”


Information from: The Herald Times, https://www.heraldtimesonline.com

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