Investigators Close In On High Profile Murder Case - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

August 17, 2004 10:25 P.M.

Investigators Close In On High Profile Murder Case

State homicide detectives say they're much closer to solving the murder of a doctor's son than they were 6 months ago. Acting on new tips, investigators set up their mobile command post unit near the site where the body of Mont Highley IV was found.

A man close to the case made a visit to that command post late today. That man is Highley's father. He buried his only son in January.

"It's not easy. One thing that's helped us a lot is the fact that we've had a lot of friends who've been very supportive,"

And that support has been crucial considering the fact the family still hasn't found complete closure.

"I told my family I'm not going to die without knowing what happened to my son," says Dr. Highley, a Montgomery physician.

Of course, Highley isn't the only one who wants to know. A team of about 30 ABI agents and state troopers set up their command post in front of a country church in Macon County. Armed with new information about the murder, investigators hit the ground running, re-interviewing witnesses and getting fresh pictures from the air in a police chopper

Sgt. Mark Whitaker declined to get too detailed but made it clear they're making progress and getting closer to the truth behind the murder of Mont Highley IV.

"One reason we're out here is because we've made contact with potential witnesses and we're now interviewing them," says Whitaker.

For Dr. Highley another day has come and gone with no one in custody for the death of his son. Highley is neither discouraged nor hopeless.

"I figured I'll live another 20 years so I've got 20 more years I can work on. Whoever did it, if ABI doesn't found out, we'll find out somehow," says Dr. Highley.

An offer from the governor may help the case. Governor Bob Riley announced a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible. Investigators plan to revisit crime scene first thing Wednesday morning.

Highley's body was found in a grain silo in Macon County two months after he was reported missing. He was 34 years old.

Reporter: Bryan Henry

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