Police and stabbing victim still looking for answers

BONIFAY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - November 27, 2015 is a day Emily Carter won't forget... and not just because it was her 23rd birthday. Carter was stabbed multiple times in her Bonifay Villas apartment.

Police said the incident left Carter with 29 stab wounds in several areas, including her head, shoulders and back, as well as one that punctured her lungs.

"I just felt something really hurting in my sleep and I woke up and that's when everything started taking place," Carter said.

Carter said she had been in such a deep sleep that she was unable to make out who the person was.

"I used to keep my doors unlocked," she said. "I believed in the world, but... I still believe in the world... but, I believe there's bad people too."

Bonifay Police Chief Chris Wells said it's been a tough case.

He said they've been through several interviews and persons of interest, but none have panned out.

"The public's perception, they watch these TV shows and they see that these crimes are committed, solved and prosecuted in an hour on television and they wonder why we can't do all of that," Wells said. "Well, it's just not the case."

He said they canvased the neighborhood, gathered evidence and conducted interviews, but still... no answers.

Wells said they're relying on the State crime lab for results.

"They have to work what's submitted to them, you know, and they have personnel issues, manpower issues, budget issues, just like the rest of us," he said. "I can assure you that there would be no calls saved, no corners cut in trying to find who committed this crime."

Wells said misinformation has also caused problems in the case.

"There's been some misinformation that's been put out to the news media, there's been information that's been put out to social media, that I guess you could say was exaggerated and untrue," Wells said.

However, he said they're leaving no stone unturned.

"It's hard to live without closure, you don't know if it's going to happen again or anything like that... especially for my family, they would like to know too," Carter said.

Carter encourages anyone who knows even the smallest amount of information to please say something.

Crimestoppers is offering a $1,000 cash award for anyone with information that leads to an arrest in the case, but Chief Wells said he's looking to increase that amount to $3,000.

If you have any information that could help call the Crimestoppers tip line at 1-866-689-TIPS (8477) or the Bonifay Police Department at 1-850-547-3661. You can remain anonymous.