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New DNA testing ordered for 20-year-old cold case murder

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AGAWAM, MA (WSHM) -

"It was nice but it really points out when somebody isn't there," said Dianne Ziegert.

For the Ziegerts, it was their first Christmas in nine years with all their kids and grandkids together.

But this Christmas, just like the past 20, one person was missing.

Dianne Ziegert's daughter, Lisa Ziegert, vanished from the gift shop she was working at on April 15, 1992.

Four days later, on Easter Sunday, the 24-year-old teacher's body was found in a wooded area off Suffield Street.

"If they do something that would remind us, we'd say 'aunty Lisa would've loved that one' or that she was a good person, that she was a teacher and she loved kids," Dianne Ziegert said.

That's what she tells Lisa Ziegert's nieces and nephews all the time.

"She would've really loved being with them," Dianne Ziegert said.

Now CBS 3 is learning that Lisa Ziegert's case is getting some new attention by the Hampden County District Attorney's office.

Thanks to new technology, old evidence can possibly contain new leads.

"We are doing a retesting of certain evidence and we are also testing new things and new items for the first time," said Hampden County District Attorney Mark Mastroianni.

Mastroianni could not say what the new items are but says it is re-energizing the case.

To Dianne Ziegert, any new effort put into her daughter's case is a step towards potentially solving it.

"To me that's a positive. Any one step forward, any one step forward," she said.

Even if the new testing doesn't lead to an arrest, Dianne Ziegert says she won't give up, just as she hasn't give up in 20 years that her daughter's killer would be brought to justice.

"All we can do is talk about her, keep her in our hearts, and keep the next generation going...She's still with us, just not the way we want."

The district attorney's office says that they still get calls frequently from people saying they have information.

If you have any information you can call the Hampden County District Attorney's office or Agawam police.

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