Prunty, 26, was shot and killed at her house on West Mulberry Street in Oct. 2015. Family members found her on the kitchen floor after she didn’t show up to get her kids from school.
Prunty’s sons were 1, 4 and 7 at the time of her murder.
To this day, it’s still difficult for Prunty’s mom, Patricia Beard, to talk about her daughter in the past tense or think about the ‘good times’ without thoughts of Prunty’s murder creeping in.
“It’s been a horrific journey and it still is and then not knowing,” she said. “Not knowing what took place in that house that day.”
Even though the memories are painful, Beard said she’s been encouraged by how much work is being done to keep her daughter’s name at the forefront of people’s minds — like it is for her every day.
“They’re still talking about it, they posted something on Facebook — it is like overwhelming gladness,” she said.
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Prunty’s was located above the Spring Street overpass in downtown Springfield.
Driscoll said he and Springfield police only need a couple more pieces to fall into place in this case.
“We have a case that we believe is solvable,” he said.
Beard said she’s been in close communication with Det. Jordan since the murder — but she’d like nothing more than to finally close this case and bring someone to justice.
“Oh my goodness… I can’t even put it into words,” she said through a smile. “I’ve been waiting for that phone call from Detective Jordan.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Springfield police at 937-324-7680. Tips can be made anonymously.