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Norman Police, Family Looking For New Information In 12-Year-Old Cold Case

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Today marks 12 years since a man was found dead in rural Norman, but what happened is a mystery, and his family is looking for answers. Today marks 12 years since a man was found dead in rural Norman, but what happened is a mystery, and his family is looking for answers.
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Wednesday,  marks 12 years since a man was found dead in rural Norman, but what happened is a mystery, and his family is looking for answers.

Sammy Youngblood, 18, was found dead on the side of the road just east of Norman.

He had severe head injuries.

Now more than a decade after the case went cold, Norman police want to use modern technology to "re-create" what may have happened.

Down E. Post Oak Road just east of Norman, once a dirt road, lies a mystery.

“Just kind of exasperating when you keep looking for answers and nothing really comes up,” said Julie Youngblood. “Frustrating. Tiring.”

For 12 years this mother has been holding on to hope.

“I think people out there know what happened, I just don’t think they’re willing to come forward. If it was accidental, I don’t understand why. I would just own it,” said Youngblood.

Julie Youngblood says her son had been drinking on the night of his death and speculates he got into a fight with his friend over a girl in his friend's pick-up.

That friend was the driver of the truck.

“They were at a party. They got pretty intoxicated, got in a fight. Sammy had hit Dennis, punched him in the eye. He did have a black eye,” said Youngblood.

Early that next morning, Sammy was found dead.

“It seems like it occurred just a few days ago to me,” said Capt. David Teuscher.

Captain David Teuscher was one of the original investigators in the case.

“We believe that there is some information we believe that other people may have and we’d like for them to come forward,” said Capt. Teuscher.

Numerous witnesses were interviewed but Norman PD says ultimately the case went cold.

Right now, investigators are working on "re-creating" the scene using modern scene reconstruction techniques.

“Hopefully that will help us at least eliminate something that may not have occurred and help us piece together what could have occurred,” said Teuscher.

“All I need is a little closure,” said Youngblood. “I need to know what happened.”

The family wants anyone who may remember anything about that night in September of 2003 to call their Crime Stoppers Hotline at 405-366- STOP.

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