Cold Case: Mother's Day murder

Diana Willmeth
Diana Willmeth

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WIS) - A Mother's Day murder is still unsolved, and a Midlands mother is still on a quest for justice. Only on 10 tonight, police tell Maggie Alexander they at least have their eye on someone who could be the murder suspect.

Gerda Willmeth visits her daughter Diana twice a month and on holidays. "I miss talking to her. I still talk to her, she just doesn't talk back."

Two years ago, Gerda lost her daughter on Mother's Day. And now two years later, she still doesn't know who killed her daughter.

The last time anyone saw Willmeth was at Lucky's, a bar near South Congaree. It was late and she was leaving.

It wasn't until two months later her body was discovered off a dirt road just a few miles away from the bar. Investigators say her body was badly decomposed, but officials determined she was raped and shot.

Diana's mother needs answers. "My opinion, maybe someone got her from behind. Maybe there was more than one."

Lexington County investigators tell us they have several people of interest, but not the right evidence to make an arrest.

Gerda Willmeth has kept the fliers posted on her pickup since Diana went missing "because somebody knows something." And that's the one thing that keeps driving this mother to hunt for her daughter's killer.

Reported by Maggie Alexander

Posted by Chantelle Janelle