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Police canvass neighborhood one year after Bridget Shiel's death

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Atlanta Police officers returned to the neighborhood where they found a naked woman shot and killed on May 31, 2016.

It's been one year since police found the body 19 year-old Bridget Sheil unclothed and shot to death in the middle of Oakland City Park in southwest Atlanta.

Police say a witness saw Shiel with two men the night before her body was found. She was in the passenger side of her red Ford Fusion at a Shell station on Memorial and Rockbridge Drive in DeKalb County.

Police confirm the aspiring model, who appeared in several music videos and in several backpage ads as an escort, had been shot several times in the back as if she was running away from her killer.

"We have some DNA from the scene, we know it's male DNA," said APD Major Adam Lee III in January of 2017. "We're hoping we will get the match to that person.

Her car was found a day later ditched behind a cell phone tower in Stone Mountain, several miles from the crime scene.

"We initially though she was dumped there, but after further review, we believe it happened in the park and she was trying to flee whoever committed the murder," Lee said.

Bridget's boyfriend Kevin Kennie says that initially police told him he was being investigated.

"They said I was number one suspect and they said everybody thought I did it," said Kennie.

Her family told CBS46 last year that Shiel was running for her life just weeks before she planned to escape Atlanta's violent world of sex for hire, and move home to Washington, D.C. where she grew up in a military family, danced ballet, out-played guys on the soccer field and got her first tattoo at 13.

On the one year anniversary of her death, Atlanta Police officers and family members of Shiel canvassed the neighborhood where she was killed, posting fliers. 

Bridget's grandmother, Beverly Toole, was one of those who distributed fliers and she says she still longs for justice in her granddaughter's murder.

"I miss Bridget every day, I think a zillion times a day," said Toole. "We would most like to have Bridget but we can't have her back so whatever justice we could get would ease us."

Police say they do have some persons of interest in the case but no leads are good enough for them to charge anyone.

If you have any information on the case, you're urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477. It could earn you a $10,000 reward.

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