Cold Case Mystery: Clemson student strangled

(Clemson) February 22, 2007 - Almost 10 years to the day, a Saluda High School graduate turned Clemson freshman was murdered just miles away from the university's campus.

Police have people of interest in her murder, but no real suspects.

From a young age, Brooke Holsonback knew she'd one day become a Clemson tiger. After graduating from Saluda High School in 1996, the 18-year-old girl from Prosperity headed to the Upstate.

But her plans of becoming a biochemist never happened.

"You've heard of gut-wrenching and things like that. None of those objectives are really strong enough for hurt you feel when child is murdered. Not just killed, murdered," says her father, Warren Holsonback.

Holsonback says what's worse, the killer or killers haven't been caught. "If they killed once, they could kill again."

Ten years ago, almost to the day, Holsonback and two young men from school went off-road four-wheeling a few miles from campus. The two men told investigators they got stuck in the mud and started arguing. Mr. Holsonback tells WIS, "The two guys say they got in a fight and when they finished fighting they turned around and Brooke was gone."

The next day Holsonback's body was found floating in Lake Hartwell. Her autopsy revealed she had been strangled.

A decade later, investgators say there's little information. But time hasn't clouded a father's memory of his little girl. "She loved life, and I'm proud to say she was my daughter."

Now, Holsonback would be 28, and maybe even a biochemist. Investigators say the last two people to see Holsonback alive, Bryant Gallop and Jeffrey Dubnanski, are still considered persons of interest.

If you have information on this case call the Oconee County Sheriff's Department at 864-638-STOP or 1-800-442-CRIME.

Reported by Maggie Alexander

Posted 11:06pm by Chantelle Janelle