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RAEFORD — After a week of intensive work, Investigatorsin Hoke County still have made no arrest in the Brittany Locklear murder.The five year old girl's body was found last Thursday after she wasabducted from her school bus stop Wednesday.

Detectives are hoping an FBI profile will help lead them to the killer. They admit that with each passing day, the trail gets colder. Thesheriff's department has been working with the FBI in Quantico, Va. to puttogether a profile of the sort of man who might commit such a crime, andto let area residents know what to watch for.

They say he might be trying to hide a vehicle, or to clean itintensely. They also suggest the the suspect would likely be experiencinga great deal of stress, would be increasing any use of drugs, alcohol orcigarettes, and would probably be taking an interest in news of theinvestigation.

Byrd believes whoever did it is still within a 50-mile radius of Raeford. He hopes the person is remorseful and will turn himself in. AndByrd says if the person does give himself up, he will personally pick himup and treat him with dignity.

Byrd also said investigators don't believe the killer acted out ofanger. They said while the girl was sexually assaulted before she waskilled, her body wasn't mutilated.

Raeford social service workers have begun handing out white ribbons forpeople to wear on their clothing to remember Brittany by.

Tips so far have been vague, according to Byrd. He says he hopes an FBIprofile will spark something more useful.

Investigators are now asking everyone to look for any signs, such aschanges in a neighbor's behavior or someone's unusual absence from work.They want to hear about anything that might possibly help in their search.

Byrd's department has been looking for a brown pickup truck. Witnessesto the abduction say that's what the suspect was driving at the time. Now,Byrd says they are looking for any kind of pickup truck, especially ifthe owner's behavior has changed.

Area residents are being questioned as to whether they know anyone whois displaying suspicious behavior since Locklear's death. Investigatorsemphasize that they do not have a specific suspect yet.

Photographer:Mike Joyner

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