Billboards asking for tips in Franklin double homicide case

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FRANKLIN, Ind. (March 16, 2015) - Investigators are getting creative when it comes to getting clues about an unsolved double homicide case.

In July 2006, 10-year-old Blake Dickus and his stepmom, Chynna Dickus, were murdered in their Franklin home. Both were stabbed. Blake was also beaten and smothered.

"I can’t think of a crime as heinous as this is that occurred in the city. We’ve had some really bad cases but this one is probably number one and I've been here for 25 years,"  said Detective Sgt. John Borges with the Franklin Police Department.

In the past nine years, investigators have followed up on nearly 500 leads.

"We can sure tell you who didn't do it. We want to be able to tell you who did do it," Borges said.

Police want to keep the community involved in the case and that's why they're putting up big reminders.  Three billboards along I-65 show a phone number and pictures of both Chynna and Blake. The electronic message is only up for a few seconds every minute or so, but that could be long enough for a driver to see it and call in a tip.

"If they were in my situation, in my shoes they would feel the same way. Even if they feel like it's nothing, please come forward," said Christina Dickus, Blake's mom.

Blake wanted to be a race car driver when he grew up and loved video games. He would've been a senior this year.

"I just miss him dearly," Christina said.

The last and only other time investigators used billboards in hopes of solving the crime was in 2006, a few months afterwards.

"Please just help us solve this. It’s a nightmare everyday," Christina said.

There is a $25,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

"I will never give up. I don’t think of this as ever going to be a cold case."

If you know anything that could help detectives call 317.346.1100.

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