Fallen teen Stephen Smith's mysterious death is now being treated as an unsolved case thanks to a murder investigation into disgraced South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh's conduct.
Nothing in life is as devastating as learning that a loved one has been murdered and that's especially true if that murder remains unsolved for years or even decades.
Understandably, such cases often find the victim's family on a desperate quest for justice. And while it can be easy for this search for answers to seem hopeless, it's also true that we never really know what subtle detail could end up serving as the final piece of a tragic puzzle.
Although investigators have yet to make that discovery in the case of one slain South Carolina teen, his mother and her supporters are now feeling a renewed sense of hope in the wake of his long overdue memorial ceremony.