Cold Case: Can You Shed Light on an Unsolved Crime?

A mother and father in Louisville have been grieving for nine years. To this day, they say they  don't know why their son had to die.

21-year-old Brett Crossley was murdered in his apartment back in 1998. Police have been at a dead end ever since. So WSFA 12 News decided to reopen the case, in hopes someone can help solve the crime.

It was August 19th, 1998. Montgomery police were called to an apartment complex on Parktown Way, off the Troy Highway.

"The next thing we know, we found out on Channel 12 News that someone at the apartment complex had been shot," said Rev. Thomas Crossley.

Crossley says he didn't find out until after midnight that it was his son, Brett, who was the victim.

Brett was just months away from graduating from Alabama State University. He was an honors student on a full baseball scholarship, who was planning to work in the major leagues on day.

But someone inside his apartment took all that away. Investigators say they believe the gunman knew the victim.

"We even feel like there was more than one person in the house at the time of the crime," said Police Lt. Keith Barnett. "But apparently, whoever it is has kept this close to the vest and not talked about it or anyone else with information has been scared to come forward."

Montgomery police say the case is still open and investigators are still hoping to come across new leads. But as with other cold cases, the odds decrease with each passing day.

"It does get real frustrating," Barnett said.

Police say they don't even have a motive in this case, but they say they firmly believe someone out there has information that could make all the difference.

Brett's parents tried their own investigating -- talking to Brett's friends at school, even revisiting his apartment, but to no avail.

"No one will come forward and talk about it," Rev. Crossley said. "It just leaves an empty feeling for my wife and myself. We've just been hurt."

If you have information about this case, no matter how trivial, you're urged to call the police department's secret witness line to leave an anonymous tip at (334) 262-4000.

Reporter: Mark Bullock