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Still many questions 15 years after Dubuque woman goes missing

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Crystal Arensdorf went missing early in the morning July 4, 2001.  She was last seen at Knicker's Bar in Dubuque, police say.

Now, 15 years after her disappearance, police continue to search for answers.

"We've continued to receive leads over the years. Unfortunately, those leads have been less frequent as time has progressed, so when we do get a lead, we jump on, follow up on it right away," said Lt. Scott Baxter, with the Dubuque Police.

As the years tick further and further away from 2001, Baxter says it continues to get tougher and tougher.

"That's a long time, and the more time that passes, people tend to forget. Not necessarily forget her, but forget the events that led to her disappearance, specifically that night, and that early morning hour," he said.

Despite that passage of time, Baxter says his department continues to place a high value on this case.

"This case has always had an investigator assigned to it. As people circulated through criminal investigative division, we've always had someone assigned and following up on leads, and staying in contact with family members. It's a case that we've never forgotten about, we continue to work it when we have leads come in. We're obviously just hoping for closure at some point," Baxter said.

It's the same closure Crystal's mom told us last year they so desperately want.

"We just want to find out what happened to her, or if she is still alive, we want her back really, we want her back," Barbara Beam said.

Asked if the case would ever be closed before it was solved, Baxter said, "Not if any of the officers involved in the case have anything to do with the decision."

If you have any information about the case, call the Dubuque/Jo Daviess Counties Crime Stoppers at 563-588-0714.

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