Seeking Justice for Justine

To Justine's family, other things seem inconsistent with her character. Justine was a young woman who was apparently scared of her own shadow, who did not like to drive alone at night. What would lead her to be found lying in the middle of the road, 600 feet -- the equivalent of the length of two football fields -- away from her car?

Steven Swartz says the story does not make sense. "She supposedly has car trouble, pulls the car over, gets out of the car, opens the trunk for no good reason. She leaves her purse in the car, she leaves her coat in the car, she leaves her keys in the car?"

Heidi Swartz added, "And if she called [Eric] to say, 'Come help me,' and if she knew that he was on the way, why on Earth would she get out of her car?"

And Jones said the investigation into her death found nothing wrong with her car.

"Car was working," Jones said. " We since had it looked at by certified technicians, and that was found to be no mechanical defect."

Rumors Swirl Throughout Town

With so many questions, it's not surprising that the small town began creating its own answers -- right or wrong. Justine's mother Heidi said she heard the most shocking news since her daughter's death shortly after the memorial service.

"It was [a] day, or two days after Justine's memorial service. I walked into this little restaurant, and I just had one of those, what I call 'mother moments,' when it just washed over me, and I just lost it. I just burst into tears, and this woman behind the counter said, 'Oh my gosh, what's wrong? Are you sick?' And I said, 'I'm sorry, I've just lost my daughter. You may have heard about it.' She was the kindergarten teacher who was hit and killed by the car.' And she looked at me and she said, 'That was no hit-and-run. She was murdered, and her husband is the prime suspect.'"

Virginia State Police have not declared Eric Abshire a suspect and he maintains that he's fully cooperated with police, talked to them several times and has nothing to hide. He denies any involvement in her death and feels that he is a scapegoat in this situation.

"You've got all these people that are sitting there making suspicions, accusations about stuff … I think that they have run out of leads, and they're just looking for someone to blame. I know deep down in my heart that somebody knows what happened…their conscience will finally get to them."

Tonight, Wednesday, July 30, "Primetime: Crime" investigates the mystery that has stumped so many. For the first time Eric Abshire comes forth and tells ABC News exclusively what happened on the night of Justine's death and addresses all the scrutiny against him. He tells "Primetime" correspondent Jay Schadler details that even the police may not know.

IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED TO JUSTINE SWARTZ ABSHIRE ON THE NIGHT OF NOVEMBER 3, 2006, PLEASE CALL EITHER NUMBER BELOW.

800-572-2260 and 540-829-7400

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