Sandusky County sheriff's detective Sean O'Connell recently told the family of Isabel Cordle the county prosecutor would present new evidence to a grand jury the first week of March concerning the murder of Cordle on Jan. 24, 1988.
The word to the family came from O'Connell and not Sandusky County Prosecutor Tom Stierwalt, who has refused to return calls from family members.
It's not the first time O'Connell has promised family members action. Since October, when the new evidence came to light, O'Connell has repeatedly told them Stierwalt would take it to a grand jury "next month," family members said.
We hope he follows through on the latest promise to the family from O'Connell. It seems to us, also, the least Stierwalt can do is have the courtesy of returning calls from the family and to keep them aware of the status of the investigation. After all, the Cordle family has waited 26 years for some resolution.
For her children, more than half their lives have been lived with the unwarranted suspicion cast upon them after the first investigation of Isable Cordle's death by Sandusky County all those years ago when detectives named Cordle's husband and son as suspects even though there wasn't any physical evidence to substantiate their involvement.
It's time for Stierwalt and the Sandusky County Sheriff's Office to start showing some respect to the victims of crime, and to quit stalling.