One year after murder in Lancaster County killers remain on the run

CLAY TOWNSHIP, Pa. (WHTM) – It’s been a year since 23-year-old Brett Simmons was killed inside his family’s home.

Elsa Martin lives right next door to where the murder happened.

“It’s surprising you keep thinking you’re going to hear something,” she told abc27 News.

She said it’s unsettling living next to the home Simmons was shot to death.

“He seemed like he was a nice guy,” Simmons said. “”He always had a smile on his face .and a friendly wave.”

Police said two masked intruders broke into the Simmons house on the 500 block of Clearview Road and shot and killed Simmons. Investigators said the men also shot Simmons father in the chest.

Those responsible for the murder are still on the run.

“It’s not a cold case yet,” Brett Hambright, a spokesperson with the Lancaster County District Attorney’s officer, said. “We’ve just done interviews last week.”

Hambright told abc27 News that investigators have interviewed more than 160 people and have followed countless other leads. He said that through that work suspects have been developed and dropped.

Hambright said investigators believe that some of the people they’ve interviewed in the case have lied.

“We do feel there are some still under the umbrella of the investigation that may have had a role (that) maybe know a little more than they’re telling,” Hambright said. “Obviously, we’ll keep looking at them.”

Investigators said the killers targeted and knew the layout of the Simmons house.

Police believe the murder was drug related and are confident they’ll solve the case.

“We want someone in custody,” Hambright told abc27 News. “We want both of them in custody. It’s something we hold close to us. We really want justice.”

The Simmons have moved out of the house where the murder happened.

Anyone with information is asked to call police.

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