JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office wants to hear from possible witnesses in the 2004 Yolanda Bindics cold case.

25-year-old Bindics was last seen leaving the Family Dollar store at 194 Fluvanna Ave. on August 10, 2004, around 8:10 p.m. after working her shift there. Around the same time, Clarence Carte, the father of Bindics youngest child, was seen leaving the Fluvanna Kwik Fill store, according to the CCSO.

“Well, I won’t say that this face hasn’t been in our head for 18 years,” April Bindics, sister-in-law to Yolanda Bindics, said Friday.

Investigators say Carte has been on their radar from the beginning because of his relationship with Bindics. They are now calling him a person of interest because of information they recently received from the public.

“He was actually the father of Yolanda Bindics’ youngest child,” Tom Tarpley, investigator on the CCSO Unsolved Crimes Unit, told News 4. “We know over time relationships change and allegiances change and we’ve gotten tremendous support from the public regarding this case.”

Family members say they feel law enforcement is close to cracking this case.

“They’re dotting their I’s and crossing their T’s. They’re getting very close to solving this. It’s just going to take one or two more people to come forward. Let us know what you know,” John Bindics, brother of Yolanda, added.

The case has now been brought to the district attorney’s office, which investigators call a step forward.

“We have taken it to the next step which is actually bringing the District Attorney’s office in to work with us on the case. That is a significant development,” Tarpley said.

Described as a beautiful soul, wonderful mother, and full of life, Yolanda’s family just wants justice.

“I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy what we’ve gone through and Yolanda deserves justice,” John Bindics continued.

Investigators want to hear from anyone that might have seen or heard from Carte between 7 p.m. on August 10, 2004, and 6 a.m. on August 11, 2004. Carte is a former resident of 148 Buffalo St. in Jamestown.

Anyone who might’ve heard from Bindics during the same period is also asked to come forward.

Tips can be phoned into the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office Unsolved Crimes Unit at 716-753-4578 or 716-753-4579. Investigators can also be reached at unsolvedchautauqua@sheriff.us.

Bindics was found dead on September 10, 2006, in a desolate wooded area in the Town of Charlotte.

The cold case resurfaced in August after investigators re-analyzed original evidence with new technology.

“I’m confident that this case is going to be resolved,” Investigator Tom Tarpley told News 4.

“You get excited, you get scared. I mean, there’s just so much that starts going on in your head at that time because we’ve been waiting 18 years,” April Bindics, Yolanda’s sister-in-law, said.

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