Amanda Doss was stopped at an intersection in East St. Louis when someone shot her in the head repeatedly the night of Jan. 17, according to police. Almost nine months later, investigators are still trying to identify her killer.
Officers were called to the homicide scene at 9:44 p.m. — just minutes after the 31-year-old woman was shot at while sitting in the driver’s seat of her Ford Taurus. Doss was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead about 12 hours later, Special Agent Travis Irwin wrote in a recently filed search warrant application.
That Aug. 21 search warrant allowed Illinois State Police investigators to obtain DNA and fingerprints from the man they believe may have killed Doss.
Investigators used the woman’s Google Maps app on her smart phone to track her location in the hours leading up to her death.
They found she had been at an apartment near Cahokia High School just 11 minutes before driving to the intersection, adjacent to Lincoln Park, where she would be gunned down. Doss’ “recent boyfriend” lived at that apartment and police discovered an outgoing and incoming call on her phone from his number less than two hours prior to her death, according to Irwin.
In an interview with the 26-year-old man, he told police he hadn’t spoken with Doss on the phone since Jan. 13 when they planned to smoke marijuana before she was to meet another a friend for drinks, Irwin wrote. However, phone records and an interview with Doss’ roommate and a friend contradicted the man’s story — they said those plans were made for the night she died.
Using her phone’s GPS, police found that Doss was at the 26-year-old man’s apartment the night of Jan. 17 for about an hour and a half, according to Irwin. Doss drove to a Quick Stop near the man’s house in the middle of that 90 minutes and surveillance footage shows her alone, purchasing two drinks, cigarillos and some food.
She then returned to the apartment.
One of those drinks found inside her car after she was shot had “minor DNA” that did not belong to Doss. In addition, a second person’s fingerprints were also found on the exterior and interior of the car, Irwin wrote.
No charges have been filed in Doss’ shooting death and Irwin declined to comment on the pending investigation. However, his search warrant indicated the DNA and fingerprints were part of a first-degree murder investigation of Doss’ boyfriend.
The 26-year-old man is facing charges of fleeing from the police and driving with a suspended license in connection to an incident on Aug. 5.
Doss is from Bloomington and has a daughter, according to her obituary published in The Pantagraph.
The photo accompanying the obituary shows Doss, donned in a graduation cap and gown, smiling off into the distance.
“She was a wonderful person and didn’t deserve this,” her mother, Elizabeth Doss, told the BND on Wednesday.