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Midstate Mysteries: The murder of Rezija Sabic

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In 2010, Rezija ultimately did meet a violent end. The 39-year-old mother was shot on the front porch of the family's home in Swatara Township, Dauphin County. In 2010, Rezija ultimately did meet a violent end. The 39-year-old mother was shot on the front porch of the family's home in Swatara Township, Dauphin County.
A man came to Senad's workplace at Harrisburg International Airport and asked to speak with him. But by the time Senad arrived, the stranger with an eastern European accent was gone. A man came to Senad's workplace at Harrisburg International Airport and asked to speak with him. But by the time Senad arrived, the stranger with an eastern European accent was gone.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

When Senad Sabic talks about his wife, Rezija, he remembers her with a smile.

"She was really pretty," he said.

The couple started their family in war-torn Bosnia. Senad was in the Army and said their lives were in constant danger. In 1996, they moved to the United States with their two young daughters in search of safety.

"What makes me really mad is...we survived over there and we have a chance to be killed 1,000 times," he said.

In 2010, Rezija ultimately did meet a violent end. The 39-year-old mother was shot on the front porch of the family's home in Swatara Township, Dauphin County.

It happened at 6:50 a.m. on a peaceful summer morning in a supposedly peaceful place.

"To lose a life in that way...it's something I cannot believe," Senad said.

His wife was shot twice in the back and died at the hospital. Investigators believe whoever attacked her fired five or six times.

At the time of the shooting, the home's garage door was open because Senad had already left for work. Nothing appeared to be missing from either the garage or the house.

Neighbors who heard the commotion never saw anyone leaving the scene.

"My personal feeling is that she was targeted," said Swatara Township police Detective Chris Everett. "Why? I don't know. We haven't been able to uncover anything to indicate she was involved in any type of dangerous behavior or anything like that."

Everett has investigated the case from the very beginning.

"There are times I wake up in the middle of the night and I'm thinking to myself, 'what did I miss?" Everett said. "Because I'm obviously missing something."

At the time of the murder, Rezija's two daughters were sleeping inside the home. Her husband was already clocked in at work.

Senad's only theory is that his wife interrupted a burglar in the garage. But investigators don't share his theory. They believe for whatever reason, someone wanted Rezija Sabic gone.

In fact, Everett said he presented details of the case to a panel of FBI profilers, who unanimously agreed the crime was not random. But a motive remains elusive.

The only potential lead in the case came nearly two months after the killing. A man came to Senad's workplace at Harrisburg International Airport and asked to speak with him. But by the time Senad arrived, the stranger with an eastern European accent was gone.

Did he have answers about the mysterious murder? Why did he want to speak to a man he had never met?

"It's somebody we'd like to speak to if we can ever figure out who he is," Everett said.

In the meantime, Senad said he will continue to live in the house where his wife was killed. He believes there, her killer is never far away. He said he's willing to risk his life to find out who took his wife's.

"Every day I wait for that person," Senad said through tears. "Whoever did this will make a mistake."

Anyone with information about the murder of Rezija Sabic is asked to contact Swatara Township police at 717-564-2550 or Dauphin County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-262-3080. A reward of up to $2,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and successful prosecution of Rezija's killer.

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