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Ridgites still haunted by unsolved murder one year later

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This murder is still a mystery.

Sept. 29 was the one-year anniversary of the death of a 35-year-old Ridgite who was found murdered in Owl’s Head Park near Colonial Road and Wakeman Place, whose killer remains at large even after police released photos and a video of the suspect who was last seen with the woman before her death. The unsolved murder has left many Ridgites rattled.

“It worries me because it makes me think that someone is protecting this person,” Eric Powell, who lives near the park and often visits with his young daughter, said. “When they have footage and pictures of someone, someone has to know something.”

The 5-foot-8, 175 pound suspect was the last person seen with

Read more at: https://www.brooklyndaily.com/stories/2017/40/br-owls-head-murder-mystery2017-10-06-bk.html

9 years later, unsolved murder yields steadily rising reward and no new tips

It was an average late September day – trees were changing colors, the weather was cooling and things were business as usual. Novak, of Mullica Hill, made his way to Philadelphia for the Puerto Rican Day parade with a group of friends.

On the way home, the group’s car broke down, stopping them on North 6th Street around 7 p.m. After failed attempts calling to get someone to jump the car, Novak took matters into his own hands and flagged down a car for help. 

Read more at: http://www.nj.com/gloucester-county/index.ssf/2017/09/could_a_raise_in_reward_help_solve_this_cold_case.html

18 years later, questions still unanswered in Beasley, Hawlett murders

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Old Time Crime: 1984 double murder cold case solved 22 years later

PHOENIX – It was August 1984 when the bodies of Kelly Cooper, age 16 and Ermalinda Iannuzzi, age 14 were found hidden under desert brush a few feet away from the Beeline Highway near the Arizona Canal. 

In one of the oldest cold cases ever solved by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, they extradited Scott Junior Merila, also known as Mark Stephen Merila, from San Diego in August 2008, 22 years after the crime.

Evidence found at the scene suggested that Merila sexually assaulted the two teenaged girls. In 2003, there was a leap forward in DNA analysis and MCSO resubmitted the evidence to the crime lab. In 2005, a DNA hit came back to Merila who was being held in a Florida jail.

Before detectives could get there, Merila was released on parole and disappeared. Merila was tracked down a year later in a San Diego jail.

When detectives interviewed Merila, he told

Read more at: http://www.abc15.com/news/crime/old-time-crime-1984-double-murder-cold-case-solved-22-years-later

‘We found who killed your sister.’ 48 years later, a cold case is solved

It should have been an ordinary errand: a trip to a Mid-Wilshire drug store to buy a hair dryer.

Wendy Jo Halison drove her prized green Thunderbird down Fairfax Avenue on that Sunday afternoon in 1968, stopping at the Thrifty on the corner of Wilshire Boulevard. After shopping, the 22-year-old art student was seen filling up her car at a gas station down the street.

But Halison would never return home to her family.

Her body was found the next morning, stuffed in the trunk of her car, a few blocks from where she was last seen alive.

The mystery of her murder lingered for nearly half a century, outlasting several detectives and potential suspects. New forensic techniques sometimes revealed tantalizing clues, but investigators failed to identify her killer.

Halison’s family was haunted by her death. Her parents died without learning who killed their daughter. Her sister wondered if she would too.

When an unexpected

Read more at: http://www.latimes.com/la-me-ln-wendy-halison-cold-case-adv-20170826-htmlstory.html

Killing of Alabama teens still unsolved 18 years later

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) — Northview High School seniors J.B. Beasley and Tracie Hawlett were found dead in the trunk of Beasley’s car in Ozark on Aug. 1, 1999. The two girls were planning to attend a party in southeast Alabama.

They never arrived at the party, and 18 years later family, friends, and members of the community are still praying for justice to be served.

“There is not a day that goes by I don’t think about J.B.,” said Patti Simpson, friend of J.B.’s. “She was full of energy and just a joy to be around. She was an amazing, well-mannered girl, who had a passion for dance. I was proud to have her not only live with me and my husband, but it was also a joy to be her dance instructor.”

Simpson, like many other family members and friends, are praying that the killer or killers will answer for the crime

Read more at: http://www.enewscourier.com/news/local_news/killing-of-alabama-teens-still-unsolved-years-later/article_14eb5e36-8746-11e7-aacc-af579453b211.html

Killing of Alabama teens still unsolved 18 years later | Local News …

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) — Northview High School seniors J.B. Beasley and Tracie Hawlett were found dead in the trunk of Beasley’s car in Ozark on Aug. 1, 1999. The two girls were planning to attend a party in southeast Alabama.

They never arrived at the party, and 18 years later family, friends, and members of the community are still praying for justice to be served.

“There is not a day that goes by I don’t think about J.B.,” said Patti Simpson, friend of J.B.’s. “She was full of energy and just a joy to be around. She was an amazing, well-mannered girl, who had a passion for dance. I was proud to have her not only live with me and my husband, but it was also a joy to be her dance instructor.”

Simpson, like many other family members and friends, are praying that the killer or killers will answer for the crime

Read more at: http://www.enewscourier.com/news/local_news/killing-of-alabama-teens-still-unsolved-years-later/article_14eb5e36-8746-11e7-aacc-af579453b211.html

Killing of Alabama teens still unsolved 18 years later

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) — Northview High School seniors J.B. Beasley and Tracie Hawlett were found dead in the trunk of Beasley’s car in Ozark on Aug. 1, 1999. The two girls were planning to attend a party in southeast Alabama.

They never arrived at the party, and 18 years later family, friends, and members of the community are still praying for justice to be served.

“There is not a day that goes by I don’t think about J.B.,” said Patti Simpson, friend of J.B.’s. “She was full of energy and just a joy to be around. She was an amazing, well-mannered girl, who had a passion for dance. I was proud to have her not only live with me and my husband, but it was also a joy to be her dance instructor.”

Simpson, like many other family members and friends, are praying that the killer or killers will answer for the crime

Read more at: http://www.dailyprogress.com/killing-of-alabama-teens-still-unsolved-years-later/article_48211277-b255-5e91-8be1-28ae2f2b4941.html