NLR Detective Discusses Status of Olson Shooting Case

- NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR--August 14th, 2014 marks one year since a gunman shot and killed North Little Rock mother Samantha Olson, driving with her baby girl in the back seat. The case is still being investigated.

"It's tough, it's been a tough year and we still haven't gotten to the bottom of this," says Detective Gary Jones.

Olson's case is most mysterious murder of Jones'career.

It happened Wednesday, August 14th 2013 in broad daylight at the busy intersection of JFK and McCain Blvd. Police say a gunman going west fired across the lanes as Samantha Olson drove east with her infant daughter in the car. Olson's car stopped and the search for her killer ensued.

One year later police are still chasing leads, but don't have any suspects.

"It's tough, really tough. I wish we really had more," says Jones.

Police received hundreds of tips and Jones tracked down hundreds of trucks matching the suspect's. He contacted owners of all of the maroon Ford F-150 super cabs in Pulaski county.

"I want to be able to tell her husband and baby we have this solved and we've made an arrest in this case," says Jones.

Jones says calls started dwindling but still come in occasionally.

"It's sad this young girl's not going to grow up with her mother, it's really sad every time I see it," he says.

Jones keeps Olson's license tucked in the case file police hope will lead to her killer.

If you have any information on this crime, call in tips to North Little Rock Police at 501-680-8439.

Police still believe this was a random shooting. There is a $15,000 reward out for information leading to Samantha Olson's killer. The family is holding a vigil Thursday night at 7:30.

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