Eleven binders in the Elizabethtown Police Department have been a constant reminder for Detective Pete Chytla.
They hold hundreds and hundreds of pieces of information from potential leads in a case, including notes from interviews and names and dates related to the death of 35-year-old Lori Paynter. For years, Chytla has scoured over them, looking for a sliver of hope in a murder investigation that seemed to have no end.
There’s a reason cold cases are the most haunting for a police department. This cold case had consumed Chytla for the last eight years.