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Announcement expected Wednesday in Blankinship murder case

BROWN COUNTY, Texas - The Brown County Sheriff's Office plans to make an announcement Wednesday regarding the two-month-long investigation into 25-year-old Chantay Blankinship's murder.  

Sheriff George Caldwell said the announcement will focus on DNA results from the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office.

"We should be able to release something [Wednesday]," Caldwell said. "It will deal with the DNA …  It will no doubt lead to a suspect (and) hopefully an arrest and conviction."

In June, the sheriff's office asked Brown County commissioners to approve using funds to hire the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office as part of an effort to expedite its investigation.

Caldwell said he's frustrated to not have identified a suspect because it's "not happening as fast as I would like."

Blankinship's body was found five miles near her Lake Brownwood home on May 15. She was reported missing on May 13th.

The cause of her death was "blunt force trauma," according to the sheriff's department. Caldwell confirmed that deputies did recover the murder weapon.


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