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Family still seeks answers 2 years after man's murder

Danny Hamaker (Source: Family) Danny Hamaker (Source: Family)
Hamaker's body was found in a drainage ditch in 2011. Hamaker's body was found in a drainage ditch in 2011.

It's been two years since someone found a man's body stuffed in a drainage ditch in a Huntsville neighborhood. That man was later identified as 34-year-old Danny Hamaker. 

No arrests have been made in this case and his parents want to remind the public of the heinous crime and hope some answers come from it. 

"He's very much missed. It's been very difficult," said Danny's mother Linda Hamaker. Thursday afternoon she looked lovingly at the photo album she has of her son.

On August 24, 2011, Danny's body was found stuffed in a drainage ditch in the area of Scenic View and Bonnie View Drive in Huntsville.

"The way he was found we never got to see him again," said Linda. "There was nothing left of him. He was just gone." 

Before Danny's body was found, he'd been missing since August 13, 2011. He was last seen at what was the Shoney's restaurant at the intersection of University Drive and Memorial Parkway. Danny left his motorcycle at the restaurant, something Linda says he'd never do.  Huntsville Police have no leads and have not made any arrests in the case. Linda said she and her husband have been in contact with HPD since the crime, but they haven't been told anything new about the case since it happened. 

"Just keep working on it," she said. "Don't give up. We're not giving up. We have hope every day. We need closure. We are still grieving and having no answers is the worst part of it. So we just don't want them to give up. We want them to keep looking."

"I understand that there is a lot of stuff they can't tell us, we don't want to compromise the integrity of the case, I understand that," Linda continued. "But still, if they could give us any little tidbit, even if it's just to say we have a new lead, anything."

When it comes to why someone would hurt the father described as goofy and loved by all, Linda only has one theory. "The only thing I can think is wrong place wrong time," she said.   

Linda thinks there may be more than one person involved in her son's death. She has this plea for anyone who can help bring her son's killer to justice.  

"I just think that somebody out there knows something and someone needs to come forward and tell what little bit they might know," she said.

Officials with HPD said the case is still assigned to a major crimes investigator and is an active investigation. They admit there has been no significant progress in the case and any information can be anonymously given through Huntsville Area Crime Stoppers by calling (256) 53-CRIME.

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