On a small curve in the 3700 block of Woodridge Drive just off South 14th Street, homes of brick and stone stand sensibly in rows, some decked with Christmas lights.
Up the red-bricked path of one residence, past a longhorn-adorned University of Texas street marker, stands an illuminated cross, next to white lights swirled through shrubbery. Ornaments hang in trees, while rusted metal deer graze in the lawn.
It is a scene of holiday peace, typical of the homes that line the South Abilene streets surrounding it.
About a year ago, the scene was anything but typical.
In the early morning hours of Dec. 12, red and blue lights instead flashed as police cars swarmed outside the home. Crime tape was placed. Inquiries began.
And soon, all of Abilene wondered and feared at the news of the still-unsolved murder of Thomas “Tom” Alexander Niblo,
Police plan to search for the remains of Pamela Butler, the Washington, D.C., federal worker who disappeared before Valentine’s Day 2009, in Stafford County, Virginia, Friday, sources tell News4.
Jose Rodriguez-Cruz agreed to serve 12 years in prison for Butler’s murder. He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder earlier this year in exchange for providing information on where her body can be found.
Multiple law enforcement sources told News4 Rodriguez-Cruz led investigators to a spot along Interstate 95 in Stafford County last week.
“We are elated,” said her brother Derrick Butler. “Honeymoon happy and peacock proud. Just looking forward to getting her remains and doing the right thing.”
Boyfriend Charged in D.C. Cold Case Murder of Pamela Butler
More than eight years after Pamela Butler disappeared, police have charged Jose Rodriguez Cruz with murder in connection to her
Police plan to search for the remains of Pamela Butler, the Washington, D.C., federal worker who disappeared before Valentine’s Day 2009, in Stafford County, Virginia, Friday afternoon, sources tell News4.
Kevin Brame was the kind of all-American father you see in the movies.
The 31-year-old was his sons’ soccer coach – softball coach, too. He took them to museums, and also made sure they did their homework after school. Prior to having kids, Kevin had served as a member of the Air Force Reserves. He then joined the Dayton, Ohio Police Department, where he served for six years. His mom, Rosemary Brame, told Dateline that Kevin’s “ultimate goal in life was to be a good cop.”
McDuffie had overcome early hardship — his mother was arrested and convicted of manslaughter in the fatal shooting of another woman when he was just a teenager. But he had risen to become a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve and was a student at the University of Georgia with dreams of opening a restaurant.
But on a cold January day in 2003, the 25-year-old’s bullet-ridden body was found in a remote area of Athens-Clarke County. Family told police they’d last heard from McDuffie the previous day, when he’d visited his grandmother in his hometown of Elberton, which sits near the South Carolina border some 35 miles northeast of Athens.
When someone is murdered in their own home, the community living in the area will understandably be wanting the killer to be caught as soon as possible.
For 40 years the murder of Coulsdon mum-of-two Joy Sweatman has gone unsolved – despite police offering a £2,500 reward.
Mrs Sweatman, 25, died after being attacked in her own home in front of her young daughter in 1977 and a person was reportedly seen wiping blood off a hammer .
Police were called to the address, in St Andrew’s Road, after Mrs Sweatman’s lodger, 53-year-old Vernon Patton, made the gruesome discovery of her bloodied body when he returned home at 1.30pm on Wednesday, June 1, according to reports in the Coulsdon and Purley Advertiser at the time.
The paper reported in the June 17, 1977, edition that Mrs Sweatman was killed on the same day of the Queen’s Silver Jubliee celebrations. Neighbours were just 100 yards
This is part of an ongoing series from the MassLive Unsolved Case Files, a look at families of victims and the investigators who continue to dig for answers.
Kerry Gilpin looked to the side and became distant. Her eyes began to fill with tears. As Gilpin spoke about the unsolved murder of her 15-year-old sister, Tracy Gilpin, it was almost as if she was brought back in time to 30 years ago.
There was Gilpin’s family, her mother, standing in front of her giving the young woman the heart-wrenching news. Tracy’s body was found. Gilpin’s family met her at Blue Cross Blue Shield where she worked at the time.
“I can see my mother in the lobby. It’s like a moment in time,” she said. “I can still feel what it felt like. I can see my mother’s face.”
There are still moments when Gilpin, 47, feels like she is back in 1986, mostly when
Editor’s note: This story is part of an occasional series about unidentified human remains found in Middle Georgia. If you have information about the unidentified woman described here, please call the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office at 478-751-7500.
Though the body was lying in the front yard of a house, it was more than a month before anyone noticed it.
One Thursday afternoon nearly 40 years ago, a woman who lived on Riverside Drive in Macon was outside hanging laundry on a clothesline when something caught her eye.
There in a sparsely wooded area about 15 feet from the road, 47-year-old Estoria Bowman saw what she later described as a “yellowish shape.”
“I got close enough to tell it was a human, and then I backed off and waited for my husband,” Bowman told a Telegraph reporter at the time. “I didn’t want to find out what it was by myself.”
In many small Maine towns, there are cold cases and whispers from the past. In Lincoln County, there remains just such a case, the unsolved 1975 homicide of Florence Estelle Norcross Lauze, a young woman from Brockton, whose body was found in Sherman Lake in Newcastle, Maine. She was just 19 years old and had been strangled
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What had started off as an innocent outing soon took a sinister turn.
On the morning of Aug. 16, 1975, on Lynch Road in Newcastle, Maine, Randy Pearce of Boothbay, Maine, and a young relative stopped to go fishing at Sherman Lake, on the shore opposite a rest area along Route 1.
Around 8 a.m., Pearce discovered a woman’s body floating in the lake.
Pearce walked up the road to David Wood’s farmhouse, which was Lynch Road on the way to Route 1. Shaken, Pearce described