22 years later, Justin Turner murder case still unsolved

MONCKS CORNER, SC (WCSC) - The stepfather of a boy found murdered 22 years ago said Thursday that it will most likely take a confession to solve his son's death.

Justin Lee Turner was 5 years old when he was found strangled in a camper on his family's property in March 1989. His body was found by his father, Victor Turner.

After a coroner's inquest, a jury recommended the boy's stepmother, Pamela Turner be charged with murder. She was arrested, charged and then released due to lack of evidence.

"From what we understand, things were lost, things were contaminated, too many people involved, not enough leadership at that time," said Russell Pace, who was married to Justin Turner's mother, Elaine Pace, who died in 2004.

"Justin's constantly in my memory," Russell Pace said. "My wife has passed on and one of the things she wanted me to do was to keep pursuing the case and that's what I continue to do."

Berkeley County Sheriff's Office spokesman Dan Moon issued a statement on the status of the case.

"This case is still an open investigation," Moon said. "It has never been closed. We continue to try to get as much information as possible in an effort to solve this, over two decades old case."

The sheriff's office said Pamela Turner is still considered a person of interest in Justin Turner's murder. She reportedly has moved to the upstate and has changed her name.

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