Police seek leads in St. Johns County woman's death

It's been one month since Barbara Parchem's remains were found

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. - Barbara Parchem disappeared in April and her body was discovered three weeks later.  As her family and community prepare to hold her funeral, St. Johns County investigators still don't know who killed or why.

It has been more than a month since her remains were discovered in a wooded area near the St. Johns County, Flagler County line.  Sheriff's deputies say they've received numerous tips, but they are not any closer to solving the case now than they were last month.   

Parchem's neighbors told Channel 4 Wednesday night that they are anxious to hear more information from police.

"I knew her personally. Man, she was so sweet. Anytime you'd see her out on the street she'd say, 'Hey Liz how you doing? You okay today?' and yet someone has got to kill her like that?" said Parchem's neighbor, Elizabeth.

Elizabeth didn't want to give her last name or show her face during her interview with Channel 4 because she doesn't feel safe. Elizabeth said she is still upset over the way investigators found Parchem, decomposed with a gun shot wound.

"She is not resting in peace, being killed like that," said Elizabeth. 

One possible lead is a piece of DNA evidence from the crime scene at Parchem's home. Investigators said that evidence is being processed at a forensics lab, but tests could take up to 12 weeks to complete. 

Channel 4 Crime Analyst Ken Jefferson said deputies are probably working to retrace their steps at this point.

"Sometimes you re-follow old leads to see if there are any that you missed," said Jefferson. 

They are also going over case notes, starting from the beginning, all over again. They are looking at phone records, credit card statements, anything that is tied to this victim," said Jefferson.

Anyone with any information in the case is being asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-277-TIPS.

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