Quest for Justice

by Melissa Brunner

I remember the first time I met Chad Harkness. It was the one-year anniversary of the murder of his mother, Karen Harkness, and her fiance, Michael Sisco. I remember how devastated he looked, a pain made even worse by the fact no one had been arrested. No one was being held responsible for his mother's death.

Still, he told me then, just as he did in another interview six years later, what a wonderful person his mother was. He also said how it would help bring closure if they could see justice served.

I thought of Chad on Monday morning when the news release came to my inbox that a person had been charged in the murders of his mother and her fiance. While a long road remains - there's still a trial process to go through - the hope is that this is a step toward closure for the family. I spoke with Karen Harkness' father and brother on the phone. Both said this was a day for which they have spent years praying.

While I cannot judge the guilt or innocence of the accused, I do hope that the families will be able to find peace and justice. This is not the only unsolved homicide in the books. The developments in this case should reassure other families that the search for justice does not end once the headlines fade.


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