FRANKLIN, Ind. (July 22, 2015) -- This week marks nine years since a 10-year-old boy and his stepmother were found murdered inside their Franklin home. Now, police are revealing some new information that they hope will lead them in the direction of the killer.
"It's hard, it does not get easier," said Christina Dickus, mother of Blake Dickus.
On July 24, 2006, Blake and his stepmother Chynna Dickus were murdered. Both were stabbed, Blake was also beaten and smothered.
"That was basically the day I died when I lost my son," Dickus said.
Detective Sergeant John Borges with the Franklin Police Department says 487 leads were received since then.
"Each one of those is one step in a positive direction, we can tell you who hasn't committed this crime, we want to be able to tell you who has," Borges said.
Borges made public a series of five home burglaries between June of 2006 and June of 2007. He says they all have similarities right down to how the burglar got inside.
"The cut screen in a "T" pattern that each of these burglaries have as a characteristic of where the person entered the residence," Borges said.
Most of those burglaries happened within a half mile radius of where Chynna and Blake Dickus were murdered, but one happened on the same street on the same day.
"Though the characteristics are not identical to the homicide scene, there's evidence to suggest that these burglaries could very well be connected to the homicide scene," Borges added.
The Philadelphia Pennsylvania-based Vidocq Society, which is comprised of past and present members of law enforcement and the judicial system, is helping Franklin solve this case. They're giving fresh pairs of eyes.
"We're pulling from people from major metropolitan cities who have seen a lot of different cases and have a lot of knowledge from working those cases," Borges said.
If you have information that can help solve this, call the Franklin Police Department at (317) 346-1142, you can also remain anonymous by calling (317) 346-1100. A reward of $25,000 is offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person, or persons responsible for the murders of Blake and Chynna Dickus.