Who killed Nevaeh Buchanan 9 years ago?

Published: May. 23, 2018 at 5:58 PM EDT
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May 24, 2018 will mark nine years since Nevaeh Buchanan was last seen alive.

To this day, the murder of the little girl from Monroe remains unsolved.

Eleven days after she disappeared, June 4, 2009, two fishermen found Nevaeh's body encased in cement along a bank of the River Raisin.

What has not been found are answers to questions that continue to haunt many in Monroe and beyond: Who killed 5-year-old Nevaeh Buchanan and why?

She was last seen alive outside Charlotte Arms Apartments May 24, 2009. Some neighbors, including Alice Peters are still waiting for closure.

"They said they had leads and they've never really come up with anything," says Peters. "It's frustrating. It's frustrating for the community not knowing."

Across Monroe, you will still find signs of the impact left by the girl whose murder shocked the community.

A picture of Nevaeh hangs inside a hallway of her former Elementary School, Riverside, which is now a preschool. On the playground, a bench with her image remains.

"When this happened, my 13-year-old was four," says Risa Smith, who has no direct connection to Nevaeh, but has made it her mission to solve her murder. She heads up the group “Justice for Nevaeh.”

Lately, Smith says, there have been no updates.

"They say they have a man in prison that's responsible," explains Smith. "I have a tough time swallowing that because I feel like if you can tell me a person's name or who it is or why you think they're responsible, I feel like there should be the evidence to charge him."

But there are no formal charges and the case remains open.

A spokesperson for the Monroe County Sheriff's Office tells 13abc, "Due to the nature of the investigation that is still ongoing, we politely decline any other comment at this time."

Thursday, that time will reach another milestone of nine years.

“Justice for Nevaeh” will hold a candlelight vigil at the memorial where Nevaeh's body was found, off Dixon Rd. in Raisinville township. It's set for 8:00PM Sunday.

The group is asking anyone who's interested to attend, and anyone with information to come forward.