An investigation into the deaths of two girls who were shot in a Texas mansion after their mother's apparent suicide was still open nine months later, as the authorities still have to confirm the person in charge.
Days after the bodies were discovered on January 10, a medical researcher from Bexar County found that the mother, 37-year-old Nichol Olsen, had died of suicide, and the girls, 16-year-old Alexa Montez and 10-year-old London Bribiescas were killed.
The circumstances led the public to call the case a suicide, but investigators from the office of the Sheriff of Bexar were not satisfied with that theory.
& # 39; We can't just say: & # 39; Oh, well, she must have been the one to these two little girls, & Bexar County Sheriff Jerry Salazar told the media on January 14.
& # 39; We still need to find out who killed these two young ladies. & # 39;
Nine months later they are still trying to do so, while the victims' loved ones are anxiously awaiting answers.
& # 39; These nine months were terrible and painful for us, & # 39; told Alexa & # 39; s father, Carlos Montez News4 on Tuesday – what would have been his daughter's 17th birthday.
& # 39; Waiting for news, waiting for a phone call, calling, trying to get information, trying to find out what's going on, if there are more details, or if there are new leads.
& # 39; It was a sadness. & # 39;
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Nichol Olsen, 37, (left) and her two daughters, 10-year-old London Bribiescas and 16-year-old Alexa Montez (right together), were found dead on January 10 by gunshot wounds in a Texas mansion. , the investigation into their death remains open
& # 39; These nine months were terrible and painful for us & # 39 ;, Alexa & father's father, Carlos Montez (photo) told News4 on Tuesday – what would have been his daughter's 17th birthday
Montez said the family had postponed the funerals for Nichol, Alexa and London, in case investigators find a reason to reconsider the bodies.
& # 39; We are coming to the point that the families are ready for this closure, so I think we will continue with funerals soon & # 39 ;, he said.
The family held the funerals for Nichol, Alexa and London, in case researchers find a reason to review the bodies
On Tuesday evening, Montez invited Alexa & # 39; s former classmates to join the family for a celebration of what would have been her birthday at Kingsborough Ridge Baptist Church.
& # 39; We had to do something for her, & # 39; said the father. & # 39; We all want some form of closure, but it almost feels like this entire process has just been paused. & # 39;
The group, many of them with shirts with the initials of Alexa, released butterflies before planting a tree dedicated to the killed teenager.
& # 39; I think it only shows how many people affected, & # 39; Alexa & # 39; s boyfriend, Isaiah Elizondo, told News4. & # 39; How much did she smile on everyone's face. & # 39;
& # 39; I feel that her presence is always with me, & # 39; said Allie Espinosa, a good friend of Alexa. & # 39; I always feel her around. & # 39;
Montez said the event served as a happy reminder of Alexa's ability to bring people together.
& # 39; During the 16 years that I had her, she was a wonderful child. I was thankful that I was her father, & he said.
Alexa (photo) is said to have been 17 years old this week
On Tuesday evening, Montez invited Alexa & # 39; s former classmates to join the family for a celebration of her birthday at Kingsborough Ridge Baptist Church
Several lovers wore shirts with Alexa & # 39; s initials on it during Tuesday's celebration
The office of the Sheriff of Bexar County confirmed this week that the investigation into the three dead is still being investigated, but has not provided any information that went beyond what was revealed in January.
The bodies were found in a house that belonged to her friend, Charles Wheeler, in a borough of Anaqua Springs Ranch.
All three of the victims had sustained gunshot wounds on their upper bodies and a gun was recovered from the scene, but no other information about their injuries or where the gun was released.
The Bexar County medical investigator, based on the scene found, ruled shortly afterwards that Nichol committed suicide and that the girls had been killed.
Salazar spoke to DailyMail.com on January 21 and said the medical investigator had not released the autopsies or provided additional information about their death.
Wheeler, Olsen & # 39; s one-year-old boyfriend, told the police that he had spent the night at the home of a family member out of town the night before the bodies were found and insists that he came home at 9:00 am for the eerie scene to find.
He was labeled as a person of interest, but the sheriff repeatedly refused to call him a suspect, while his lawyer emphasized his innocence.
During the January interview, a frustrated Salazar said he was waiting for cell phone data to verify Wheeler's & alibi. He said other important evidence – such as images of neighborhood surveillance that would document the hours before the bodies were found – was hard to find.
Salazar and his detectives also worked according to the theory that all three women may have been killed by someone on & # 39; no-one's radar & # 39; state.
& # 39; This case is by no means over … I wish it looked like TV and you could fix it within an hour. It just doesn't work like that, & he told DailyMail.com.
& # 39; I wish they could have packed this case for the closure of the family. & # 39;
The bodies were found in a mansion of Nichol's boyfriend, Charles Wheeler
AN UNBEATABLE SUICIDE
Sheriff Salazar spoke with DailyMail.com in January and said that the core of the mystery was rooted in the generally disputed statement by the medical investigator that Nichol (photo) committed suicide
Salazar said that the core of the mystery was rooted in the generally disputed statement by the medical investigator that Nichol committed suicide.
The medical investigator's office had not released any data to support his findings at the time of the interview.
Salazar said he had not seen a piece of paper that mentions more than the cause or manner of death, and the lack of story that such a theory could explain is frustrating.
& # 39; The medical researcher believes it is a suicide based on what they saw. They have a more limited evidence base to choose from.
& # 39; I have forensic investigation and the crime scene and I am witnessing interviews and telephone reports and such.
& # 39; In some cases, when the ME suicide rules, there are other affirmative things. But in this case I don't have that.
& # 39; I don't have a suicide note, a depressed phone call, a witness, I don't have any of these things. Most cases are just so much clearer than this, & he told DailyMail.com.
& # 39; I don't have a suicide note, a depressed phone call, a witness, I don't have any of these things
He added that although he had no evidence to refute their findings, the case would be closed if he was satisfied with the theory that she had killed herself and the girls.
& # 39; If I hadn't thought there was even a small chance (that all three were killed), we would have written off this case long ago. & # 39;
Nichol was promoting her barber shop and was planning to register her daughter, London, on America's Got Talent the day after she died, according to friends.
She and her former husbands angrily rejected the idea that she would have hurt her children someday.
Nichol's boyfriend, Charles Wheeler, was mentioned as a person of interest, but not as a suspect
Charles Wheeler, Nichol's friend, was never arrested or named a suspect.
Sheriff Salazar told DailyMail.com in January: “Mr. Wheeler is a person of interest. That does not mean suspicious.
& # 39; We talked to him and he cooperated. We know what he told us. & # 39;
Wheeler was the person who called on 9 January 911 at 9 am to say what he had found. He told Sheriff Salazar that he had spent the night in another town at a family member's house.
The sheriff later publicly revealed that Wheeler and Nichol had a fight the night before she died.
Salazar waited for his cell phone provider to hand over records, which he hoped would show the location of Wheeler's device the night before death and the next morning.
It would, he hoped, verify or disqualify his alibi. Despite the urgency of the matter and the answers from Nichol & # 39; s family, the telephone company dragged its feet forward.
& # 39; We have been handed over to this telephone company here and to this crime laboratory here.
& # 39; We are waiting patiently. From the point of view of law enforcement, it is frustrating. The delay frustrates me as well as everyone else, & he said.
It may take weeks for the data to come back, he said, adding: & # 39; There are many things over which we have no control. & # 39;
Sheriff Jerry Salazar (photo) spoke to DailyMail.com about the case in January
A Killer on nobody & # 39; s Radar
& # 39; Here's the theory we entertain – what if it was someone who wasn't even on our radar yet? & # 39; Sheriff Salazar said in January.
He begged anyone who lived near the house where the death took place or who knew Nichol or another person involved to contact his office.
In particular, they hoped that there could be surveillance images of the gated community where the house is located and its surroundings.
It was unlikely, he said, that it was a random murder, for example, by a burglar, but the ward had not ruled it out.
& # 39; It's a very safe neighborhood, so the chance of that is small, but it would be irresponsible for us to exclude that, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; Due to the way we have gathered evidence, we have taken that theory into account, we are following that example as well.
& # 39; It may be someone we haven't met & # 39 ;, he said.
Loved those who were desperate for answers
The many friends and family of Nichol and the girls have set up Facebook, Instagram and GoFundMe pages where they argued for support and answers.
They were also not satisfied with the lack of information and fear that a dangerous killer is free.
London, the youngest victim, loved monkeys and asked her paternal aunt to help the monkeys at the Austin Zoo build a larger enclosure if she ever died.
Her aunt launched one GoFundMe page to work with the zoo and to fund a memorial enclosure for her niece. It has raised $ 10,700 from its $ 20,000 target from October 10.
Another GoFundMe that was set to search & # 39; for the truth & # 39 ;, raised more than $ 50,000.
Alexa Montez, Nichol's 16-year-old daughter, was praised by friends and her father as a loving and sweet cheerleader.
Nichol's friends described her as a fiercely protective mother, a loving sister, a friend, and a businesswoman.
Her eldest child, Skylar, 22, did not speak publicly about the death of his mother or sisters.
Anyone with information about the case is urgently requested to contact the BCSO Homicide Office at 210-335-6070 or send an email to BCSOtips@bexar.org.
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