Special Report: Holding on to Hope

Special Report: Holding on to Hope

It's been 2 1/2 months since the death of Samantha Olson, and her husband is not giving up hope her killer will be found.
Samantha was a wonderful person, a wonderful wife and a wonderful mother.
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR -- It's been two and a half months since someone killed a North Little Rock mother with her baby in the backseat.

Tonight, there's still no arrest in the case.

"We're still getting a few phone calls from the public," Detective Gary Jones said.

Jones says they average about a tip a day in the Samantha Olson murder. She was shot in her car near the intersection of McCain and JFK in August.

Police believe a man in a maroon F-150 Supercrew Cab killed Olson.

Even after checking out hundreds of trucks with the same description, though, no leads led detectives to the suspect.

But Olson's husband holds on to hope an arrest will eventually be made.

His daughter, Linnea, is only 13 1/2 months old.

Eric Olson says she likely won't remember what happened the day her mother died.

Sadly though, he fears she won't remember her at all.

"She's really the person that's lost the most out of this," Olson said.

Linnea was in the backseat when someone shot and killed Samantha Olson in broad daylight on Aug. 14.

Eric Olson says the baby was the light of his wife's life.

"Samantha was a wonderful person, a wonderful wife and a wonderful mother," he said.

While Olson focuses much of his attention on his daughter, he keeps up on the investigation into his wife's murder by talking to detectives a couple times a month.

"It's frustrating, but I know it's certainly not the fault of the police department," he said. "I know they're working diligently. I know despite the feeling that it's getting a little cold...they still have information to go through."

Olson says he knows the day will come when he has to explain Samantha's murder to his little girl.

"It will be too soon, and she'll be talking, and she seems too intelligent that I think very quickly she'll start asking about her mother," he said.

Eric Olson says he's hopeful that when that happens, he'll be able to tell his daughter who did it.

If you have any information on the murder of Samantha Olson, you can call the North Little Rock Police Department's tip line at 501-680-8439.

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