ELKINS, W.Va. -- The last day Ashley Wyatt saw her mother alive was Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009 at the Landmark Baptist Church.
She and her then-fiance, Jared Wyatt, slipped into church a little late and sheepishly took their seats behind Wyatt's mom, Pam Judy.
"I gave her my really cheesy grin and waved,'' Wyatt recalled. "She kind of smiled back in that relieved mom way, like `Well, she's late but at least she's here.''' After the service was over, out in the parking lot, Wyatt and her friends gathered around Judy, and Wyatt remembers them noticing how radiant Judy looked that day.
"Her hair was really straight and shiny and her makeup was perfect and all of the sudden I said, `Mom, you look beautiful today' and my friend Heather was like, `You do look really pretty today!'''
Wyatt then asked Judy to join her and Jared in celebrating her fiance's mom's birthday at Subway. Judy declined, but sent birthday greetings to Jared's mother.
"Then, we said goodbye because I was driving back to Morgantown since I had classes (at WVU) on Monday. I said `I love you,' and she said `I love you, too,' and that was it,'' Wyatt said.
Neither one of them suspected it was a final goodbye.
Four days later, on Nov. 12, 2009, Judy's burned body was found in her black Chevrolet Colorado truck at Little Black Fork in the Monongahela National Forest.
Despite the passage of three years since Judy's death, Wyatt feels she knows little more now about how her mother died than she did then.
"I just can't believe we really haven't moved very far from the day it happened,'' Wyatt said. "We are still at the same point we were when it happened. Everyone in our family kind of has this open blank.''
What is known about the day Judy died?
She reportedly logged off her home computer at 10:48 a.m., climbed in her beloved black Chevy Colorado truck and left her home, which was located along Mountainview Drive in the Lower Oak Grove addition of Elkins.
She was spotted in her truck at Parrack's Nationwide Insurance on Harrison Avenue in Elkins at approximately 11:30 a.m. Nothing is known of Judy's whereabouts until a hunter called the E-911 Center to report a truck burning in a remote area of the Monongahela National Forest.
Who Judy saw, where she went or what happened to her between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. that day remains a mystery -- and Wyatt is once again asking members of the community who may have seen Judy that day to tell their stories to police.
"When you have something where you're at a standstill, it takes somebody else,'' she said. "Giving even the smallest piece of information gives us somewhere to start.''
The Randolph County Sheriff's Department initially investigated the case before it was transferred to the West Virginia State Police about a year ago, Wyatt said.
Randolph County Sheriff Jack Roy would not directly discuss the case with The Inter-Mountain, but passed a message through his administrative assistant stating that the case had been handed over to the state police and specifically, Cpl. K.A. Corley.
Corley said there haven't been any breakthroughs, but the investigation in ongoing and citizen input could be key to cracking the case.
"Anytime that we can have citizens to give us a little bit of something, that's wonderful to us and we encourage that,'' he said. "Once you have a case of this magnitude where there's a lot of speculation, usually you want to get on it pretty quick. When you have a case where it's sat dormant for two years without any new information being given, it makes it difficult to do a lot of follow-up because without any fresh leads because you're still relying on evidence from three years ago.''