Dripping Springs family desperately seeks answers in the deaths of two teens

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by SHELTON GREEN / KVUE News

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Posted on September 2, 2010 at 9:30 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 9 at 6:11 PM

A Dripping Springs family is desperately searching for answers one year after a family member and her boyfriend were both found shot to death in his home. 

Sarah Carman, 17, and Cody Straus, 18, had been dating for two-years at the time of their deaths.

Carman’s family says Sarah even stood by Cody’s side during his difficult recovery after a car accident put him in a wheelchair. 

But something went wrong on August 22, 2009, and an autopsy report does little to offer the answers the Carman family has been seeking for a year.
 
“All I want to do is get justice for Sarah and for Cody and to find out what really happened that day and to get answers,” said Debra Carman, Sarah’s mother.
 
Autopsy test results unveil that Sarah Carman had one gunshot wound to her head and her death was ruled a suicide.  Cody Straus’ autopsy report says he had two gunshot wounds to his chest; however, the cause of his death was ruled undetermined.
 
“With not getting answers, it's not helping me heal. It's just dragging it out over and over.  I feel like I'm in a nightmare and haven't woke up," said Carman.  "I do believe that Sarah did not kill herself, I know she didn't. I know in my heart as a mother, I just know.” 
 
The Carman family says they’ve run into brick wall after brick wall in their quest for more information on exactly what happened last August.
 
“All I keep getting is finger pointing back and forth, back and forth, and I'm sick of it. I want answers,” exclaimed Carman.
 
The Hays County District Attorney’s office told KVUE on Thursday that the investigation was over.
 
A non-profit agency called “People Against Violent Crimes” is now trying to help the Carman’s dig deeper into the case.
 
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact People Against Violent Crimes.

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