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Investigation continues in Stephanie Bennett case

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On May 21, 2002 someone raped and strangled Stephanie Bennett, 23, in her North Raleigh apartment near Lake Lynn. Nearly two years later, investigators still don't have any suspects.

“We continue to look for information that could come any day that could clear the case,” said Lt. Chris Morgan of the Raleigh Police Department.

Last summer, detectives released a profile of the suspect. They believe the person who killed Stephanie is a white man, in his late 20's to mid-30's. Because the break-in and murder were so well planned, organized, and executed, investigators believe the suspect has some sort of military experience. They also believe he acted out sexual bondage or rape fantasies with a consenting partner before the attack.

“Most of these people turn out to be mainstream individuals and we feel there's a good chance that's what we're looking at here and that's the key,” Lt. Morgan continued. “Somebody knows this person.”

Police say that just because there haven't been any similar murders in the past couple of years, doesn't mean people living here should let down their guard.

“Keep your doors locked, keep your windows locked, keep the shrubs trimmed around windows and doorways, and lighting is always a great way to increase your personal safety,” Lt. Morgan said.

Robert Flores and his wife, Kelly, moved into Stephanie’s apartment complex about five months before she was murdered. They still live there, but they say they are more careful.

“I do worry, but I try not to let fear and terror take over,” Flores said. “In the summer, we like to keep the patio door open, but when she's alone, she locks it with the bar and she's more cautious.”

Investigators hope that even two years later, someone will remember something and help lead them to Stephanie Bennett’s killer.

There is more than $100,000 in reward money for anyone with information that leads to an arrest in this case.

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