Investigators remain baffled four months after the body of Amelia Betts was found in the Croatan National Forest.

The 34-year-old single mother was found shot numerous times on March 21 at the Pine Cliff Recreation Area on the banks of the Neuse River.

“It’s frustrating when you don’t have a quick answer to cases, but cases don’t always have quick answers,” said Capt. John Whitfield, one of several investigators from the Craven County Sheriff’s Office working the case.

A man walking his dog discovered Betts’ body near the bathrooms at the day-use facility popular with picnickers, hikers, fishermen and swimmers. The site is located off N.C. 306 near the Cherry Branch subdivision about 10 miles from Havelock.

“There is really not anything new, nothing that I can release,” Whitfield said. “I can’t answer any questions about leads.”

Last week marked the four-month mark since Betts’ remains were found. The woman’s Dodge hybrid SUV was found in the parking lot.

“There’s not anything that we’ve gleaned from the investigation of her car that has led us at this point any closer to solving this case, but, that being said, you don’t know what’s going to come up in the future,” said Whitfield.

The car is still in the custody of the sheriff’s office, he said.

An autopsy was conducted at the Office of the State Medical Examiner in Jacksonville, but complete results are not available.

“There still are some things being tested and I don’t have any information about anything that’s at a lab right now,” said Whitfield. “Toxicology has not come back yet.”

Investigators have said Betts was shot multiple times but have not released information about what type of firearm was used.

“Ballistics is still in the lab,” said Whitfield. “We don’t have any results on any ballistics reports.”

Detectives have been in constant contact with Betts’ family, which lives in Arizona. Betts was divorced and has a daughter and former husband in Newport.

“There is a free flow of information between the family and the sheriff’s office,” Whitfield said.

Betts was last seen as she left work at the Kangaroo convenience store on U.S. 70 in Havelock the evening before she was found.

Whitfield said there is not clear evidence whether this was a random act of violence or if Betts knew the assailant.

“I think either scenario is possible,” said Whitfield. “We can’t rule out either one.”

The flow of information from the public is drying up, Whitfield said.

“There’s not been a lot of information coming from the public recently on this case,” he said. “I would encourage anyone who has any information whatsoever about this case, no matter how small it might be, to contact the sheriff’s office because it might be that piece that we need.”

According to Whitfield, anywhere from one to nine members of the sheriff’s office have been working the case.

“We give as much manpower as needed to accomplish what needs doing,” he said.

Information on the Betts case has been entered on Federal Bureau of Investigation and N.C. State Bureau of Investigation databases that deal with violent crime. The case has also included help from the Havelock Police Department, the New Bern Police Department, Naval Criminal Investigative Service, Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, the SBI and FBI.

Anyone with information about the case can call Whitfield at 636-6646.