Randy Altman shot to death in 2002

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    • Randy Altman
    • Randy Altman
    • Lana Smith, victim's sister

    Lana Smith says, "He was very caring. He would do anything for anyone."

    Lt. Tim Hibbs explains, "A blue collar worker, worked every day. Not your typical homicide victim."

    "That kind of thing just doesn't happen to your family," adds Smith.

    But on Oct. 14, 2002, it did. Every day Smith misses her brother, 35-year-old Randy Altman.

    She says, "We're almost to the point where maybe no one will ever be arrested. But we can only hope and pray that they do."

    It's a murder that Hibbs with the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office believes will be solved. In recent months, he re-opened the case searching for new clues.

    He explains, "It is very difficult to understand why randy was found in the location where he was."

    It happened at the Landmark ball field off Arch Street. It's about 15 miles south of Little Rock and is remote. He did not live in the area and had no friends or relatives that lived nearby.

    Hibb says, "We feel like he may have been lured to that location."

    Altman was a trucker. He was found around 7 a.m. not far from his 18-wheeler. He'd been shot at least three times. Hibbs thinks the gunman tried to throw off detectives.

    He says, "People who were involved in this crime will know what I'm talking about and the scene had an element, a couple of elements of being staged and it wasn't what someone appeared to make it be."

    Investigators took in shoe and tire impressions as evidence. They also found shell casings.

    Hibbs says, "I don't think he had any idea that he was any sort of physical danger."

    A few days after the murder, several local law enforcement agencies received at least three 911 calls from three different people with information about the murder. But they were anonymous callers and operators didn't ask a lot of questions. Now, eight years later deputies are hoping those same people will call back.

    "We can't rule out anything and any information that we receive from whatever source, says Hibbs. "It could be an open source or from a confidential source we are going to follow out where ever it takes us."

    As for a motive, they're baffled. Hibbs has theories but nothing is concrete. There are also a handful of persons of interest, but for fear of hurting the investigation, he can't go into detail.

    Hibbs says, "Very often in homicide investigations, the victim is on the edge of life and randy was more mainstream and just a good guy by all accounts."

    Smith agrees. She's not just hoping to get justice for her brother but also for their aging parents.

    She says, "They want nothing more. They've waited eight years. They've made comments before that they would just like someone to be arrested before they pass away."

    It's a case file full of puzzle pieces desperately needing the public to help put them together and solve a murder.

    Smith says, "He didn't deserve to die."

    "We want to bring justice for randy and his family members. We want to do the right thing," adds Hibbs.

    If you know anything, you're urged to contact the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office at 501-340-8477.

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