Mother Pleads for Answers About Her Daughter's Murder After 20 Years

HOT SPRINGS, Ark.-  Twenty years after her teenage daughter was shot and killed in Garland County, a heartbroken mother is speaking out for the first time.

Teela Hudson's murder was never solved and the case has grown cold. 

"I'm still in that numb state," says Elaine Hudson,  "just going through the motions of life."

Today Teela rest in the Greenwood Cemetery in Garland county.  Elaine says she'll never forget the day she found out her daughter was gone.  

Elaine had just gotten home from the hospital with her youngest daughter and her brand new granddaughter.  She says officers asked her to identify Teela in a photograph.   

"Í didn't see on that snapshot what everybody else saw," says Elaine.  "I just saw Teela, Teela's face, but it was much more graphic."

Her life changed forever that day. 

Teela was murdered along with 20 year old Frank Delaney on August 31st, 1997.  Their bodies were discovered in the backseat of a car near Bald Mountain Rd. and Hayti Lane.

"My faith keeps me strong, keeps me going, but I'm only human," says Elaine.  "Sometimes I hit my knees and I cry, and it's been 20 years!"

Two decades that Teela's family has had to wait and hope for something to break in the case. 

Elaine says she watches the news regularly and has a special sympathy for any parent who has ever lost a child to violence. 

"I send up prayers for them because I've been there."

She's making a plea for anyone with information to reach out to her on Facebook at Elaine Hudson.  She says it can be anonymous and asks people share with her any information they can think of about that day, even if they were involved.

"Teela is sleeping in death, but you have a chance for forgiveness," says Hudson. 

If you have any information call the Garland Sheriff's Office. 

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