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Cold Case
Eric Mario Carballo

On Sunday, June 8, 2008 at 2:40 am, Eric Carballo was shot while he exited a vehicle in the 500 block of Southgate Avenue in the Aragona section of Virginia Beach.  He died from his injury.  His body was transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office where the cause of death was a gunshot wound with the manner of death a homicide.

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Jesse Terrell Brown
On Saturday, December 1, 2007 at 10:09 pm, Police responded to the 1300 block of Thamesford Drive after a report of gunfire.  Jesse Brown was found suffering from a gunshot wound.  He died as a result of his injury.  The State Medical Examiner’s Office ruled this death a homicide.
Investigators were able to discover Mr. Brown had been involved in a confrontation with an unknown person just prior to the shooting.
Jesse was a 23 year old black male who had dark brown eyes, black hair, stood 6’ 1’’ tall weighing 161 pounds.
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Russell Grant Valentine Jr.
On Tuesday, April 3, 2007, gunfire erupted in the 6000 block of Wesleyan Drive.  Responding police units found the body of a black male lying in the yard of a residence suffering from a gunshot wound.  Paramedics transported the victim to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital where he died a short time later.  The State Medical Examiner’s Office performed an autopsy and determined the death to be a homicide.
Investigators have identified the victim as 46 year old Russell Grant Valentine Jr. of the 6000 block of Wesleyan Drive, Virginia Beach.  He was a black male who had brown eyes, black hair, 6’ 1’’ tall weighing 200 pounds.

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Walter Zakrzewski
On Wednesday, October 11, 2006, at 11:27 pm, Virginia Beach Police Emergency Dispatchers received a call from Virginia Wesleyan College requesting emergency Medical Personnel and Police respond for an injured security guard.  Police and Paramedics arrived on scene to find Walter (“Wally”) Zakrzewski deceased.  He was on duty at the time of this death.  Mr. Zakrzewski was transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy.  His death was determined to be a homicide.
Wally was a 57 year old white male who had white hair, hazel eyes, 5’ 8’’ tall weighing 179 pounds.
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Shawn Gary John
On Tuesday, January 3, 2006 at 8:30 am, a report of gunfire near the intersection of Old Virginia Beach Road and Barberton Drive was reported to the Virginia Beach 9-1-1.  Police responded to the area and found a body of a black male lying in the roadway bleeding.  Paramedics pronounced the victim deceased.  The body was transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy.  The cause of death was due to a gunshot wound and the manner of death a homicide.
Investigators were able to identify the victim of this murder as Shawn Gary John, a 34 year old who lived near the area of this murder.  He was a black male who had brown eyes, black receding hair, 5’ 10’’ tall, and 190 pounds.  He wore prescription glasses.
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Sean James Sessome
On Thursday, June 13, 2004 at approximately 11:40 pm, Police responded to the 1200 block of Glyndon Drive after a report of gunfire in the area.  Police responded and found Sean Sessome suffering from a gunshot wound.  He died from his injury.  His body was transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy.  The cause of death is due to a gunshot wound with the manner of death a homicide.
Witnesses described two black males who were seen getting into a silver late model Mitsubishi sedan a very short time after the shots were reported.  A third person believed to be a black female was seen in this Mitsubishi waiting for the two black males.  One suspect is described as having a medium build with a short haircut wearing a white t-shirt and dark colored pants.
One suspect has been arrested in this case.  The other male has not been identified.
Sean was a 38 year old black male who had brown eyes, black hair with a black moustache.  He stood 6’ 0’ tall, weighing 229 pounds.
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Michael Ryan Snapp
On Thursday, September 25, 2003 at approximately 2:30 am, gunfire erupted in the 4600 block of Downeast Court in the North Beach Apartment complex.  Police and Rescue found a man lying inside the door of one of the apartments suffering from a gunshot wound.  He had died where he was found.  Michael’s body was transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office where the autopsy proved he had died from a gunshot wound.  The manner of death was ruled a homicide.
Investigators believe the victim answered a knock at his door and when he opened the door he was shot.  Michael was a student and baseball player at Virginia Wesleyan College and was from Newport News.
Michael Snapp was a 19 year old white male who had blue eyes, short brown hair, 5’ 11’’ tall, weighing 173 pounds.
Cold Case
Jonathan Anthony Pelham
On Wednesday, September 24, 2003 at approximately 3:42 am, Virginia Beach Fire and Police responded to a fire involving the townhome located in the 800 block of Hampstead Court in the Weblin Place neighborhood.  Upon the arrival of the fire department, the home was fully engulfed in fire.  Jonathan Pelham was found inside the home and died as a result of the fire.  His body was transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office where an autopsy was performed.  The cause if death was smoke inhalation.  The fire investigator determined this fire was intentionally set.
Jonathan was a large 12 year old black male, who had brown eyes, black short cut hair, 5’ 8’’ tall weighing 302 pounds.
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Andre Heckstall
On Friday, May 9, 2003 at 5:30 pm, 40 year old Andre Heckstall was standing in the parking lot in front of the Dollar Tree located in the 600 block of Newtown Road speaking to an unknown black male when he was shot.  Police and Rescue were dispatched to the scene where the victim was found bleeding and unconscious.  He was transported to the hospital where he died a short time later from his wound.  The state Medical Examiner’s Office determined Mr. Heckstall died from a gunshot wound with the manner of death a homicide.
Andre was a 40 year old black male who had brown eyes, black and gray hair, black mustache with a gray beard, 6’ 2’’ tall weighing 193 pounds.
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Zedric D. Daniels
On Friday, November 9, 2001 at approximately 2:08 am, 20 year old Zedric Daniels was sitting in a friend’s vehicle when he was shot in the head.  The car was parked out front of the Holiday Inn located at 5655 Greenwich Road.  Mr. Daniels’ friend and driver of the car were inside the motel when he heard a gunshot outside.  He ran outside to the car where he found Zedric bleeding from his head.  Police and Rescue responded and found Zedric deceased.  His body was transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office where the autopsy revealed a gunshot wound to the head was the cause of death and the manner a homicide.
Zedric was a 20 year old black male, who had brown eyes, black hair with small braids, goatee , and he stood 5’ 7’’ tall weighing 128 pounds with a thin build.
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Carlos Ricardo Thomas

On Wednesday, July 8, 2001, Carlos Ricardo Thomas, a 3 week old white male infant, was found unresponsive in his crib at his home located in the 3800 block of Old Forge Road.  He was rushed to Children’s Hospital of the Kings Daughters where he was placed on life support.  Unfortunately, three days later, Carlos died.  The State Medical Examiner’s Office performed an autopsy and discovered signs of trauma.  The death of baby Carlos was due to homicidal means.

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James L. Dejarnette Jr.
On Wednesday, March 15, 2000 at 12:40 am, Virginia Beach Police responded to a private residence located in the 1500 block of New York Avenue for an injured person located inside this residence.  The reporting person in this case is the victim’s roommate who found James lying in the house deceased.  The State Medical Examiner’s Office was able to determine the cause of death is from a gunshot wound and the manner of death a homicide.
The last time Mr. Dejarnette was known to be alive was on March 14, 2000 at 0935 hours.  He had spoken with a friend on the phone.
James was a 29 year old black male who had brown eyes, dark brown close cut hair, black moustache, 6’ 2’’ tall weighing 234 pounds.
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Roy White
On Monday, March 1, 1999 at approximately 3:09 am, gunfire erupted in the parking lot of Picasso’s Nightclub located in the 500 block of Newtown Road.  Police responded with officers finding a man in a vehicle suffering from a gunshot wound.  Paramedics transported the victim to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital where he died from his wound.  The State Medical Examiner’s Office determined this death a homicide.
Investigators identified the victim as Roy White; a 34 year old black male, who had left Picasso’s just prior to the shooting.  He had been seen getting into a gold Infinity Sedan and began to leave the parking lot when the gunshots were reported.  The Infinity was then seen driving erratic through the parking lot while striking several parked vehicles.
Roy was a 34 year old black male who had brown eyes, 5’ 9’’ tall weighing 150 pounds.  He had a mustache and goatee.
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Rudolph Stewart Jr.
On Thursday, April 17, 1997, at 6:00 pm, Virginia Beach Police were called to the 5500 block of Diamond Springs Road for several reports of gunfire.  Police found a man lying in a driveway suffering from several gunshot wounds.  Paramedics pronounced the victim deceased.  The body was transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy.  The victim was identified as 39 year old Rudolph Stewart Jr.  This case was ruled a homicide.
A blue Toyota was seen leaving the area right after the shooting at a high rate of speed.  This vehicle was last seen heading east on Aurora Drive.
Rudolph was a 39 year old black male who had brown eyes, black hair with a full beard.  He stood 5’ 6’’ tall weighing 160 pounds.
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Joseph Haught
On Tuesday, April 8, 1997 at approximately 6:00 pm, Virginia Beach 9-1-1 received a call for a man suffering from a gunshot at the Military Highway Pawn located in the 700 block of Military Highway.  Once police arrived on scene, a white male identified as 65 year old Joseph Haught was found inside the pawn shop bleeding as a result of his injury.  Joseph was transported to the Trauma Center at Norfolk General Hospital where he stayed on life support until he died on April 9, 1997.
The State medical Examiner’s Office has ruled this death a homicide.
Cold Case
Baby Jane Doe 2
On December 21, 1996 the body of a newborn was discovered hidden in a plastic bag hanging on a hook in a bathroom of the Lillian Vernon Mail Order Warehouse located in the 2600 block of International Parkway.  The bathroom is accessible by employees of the warehouse only and secluded from the general public.  A bomb threat had been reported in the warehouse about an hour prior to the grim discovery.  The newborn had been wrapped in a red “Colours” small sized golf shirt with the left breast embroidered with “Sport, Athletic, Champion.”
The body was transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy.  The baby was a female with dark hair had probably been dead 3 to 5 days.  Due to the decomposition, race has not been determined.  The identity is still unknown.
Cold Case
Louis Anthony Barone
On Wednesday, November 6, 1996, Police were called to the 100 block of Castilian Drive for a report of gunfire.  Moment’s later police discovered a male sitting in a dark colored 1992 GMC pickup suffering from a gunshot to the head.  Rescue transported the victim to Virginia Beach General Hospital where he died.  The victim was identified as Louis Anthony Barone, a 26 year old white male.  Witnesses described hearing a gunshot about 5:45 pm and then observed a white male exit the dark colored GMC pickup and get into the passenger side of a light blue or silver colored Chevrolet Camaro driven by another person and leave.  The Camaro had a loud exhaust system.
The State Medical Examiner’s Office ruled this death a homicide.
Louis was 26 year old white male, who had brown eyes, black hair, 5’8’’tall weighing 140 pounds.
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Unidentified Human Skeleton
On Tuesday, April 18, 1995, fishermen discovered bones in a creek near the Owls Creek Golf Course.  The area the fisherman had been fishing is a secluded area.  Virginia Beach Investigators responded and summoned the help of the State Medical Examiner who determined the bones to be human.  A thorough search of the area revealed several more bones that were partially hidden by vegetation and water.  The skeleton was transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy.  An Old Dominion University botanist assisted in attempting to determine how long the skeleton had been in the area by examining the age of the surrounding plant life.
The identity of the skeleton is still unknown.
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Robert McFarland
On Tuesday, April 19, 1994 at 3:00 am, Robert’s body was discovered lying in the alley in the 5800 block of East Hastings Arch.  Police and Rescue arrived on scene and found Robert suffering from a gunshot to the head.  His body was transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy.  The manner of death is homicide.
Robert was a 31 year old black male who had brown eyes, black hair, full beard, and moustache, 6’ 3’’ tall weighing 230 pounds.
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Dedric Mason
On July 14, 1993 at 10:30 pm, Virginia Beach Police responded to a report of gunfire in the 3700 block of Mainsail Court in the Twin Canal apartment complex.  When officers arrived on scene, they discovered 19 year old Dedric suffering from a gunshot wound to the head.  He was transported to the hospital where he died from his injury.
Witnesses described to investigators an argument between the victim and two other black males had occurred just before the shots fired.  Dedric Mason was seen falling to the ground after he was shot by one of these black males.  The suspects were seen running from the scene and get into a dark colored vehicle, possibly a Cadillac Seville or El Dorado with temporary tags.  The vehicle was last seen traveling south on Lynnhaven Parkway.  Dedric’s death was ruled a homicide by the State Medical Examiner’s Office.
Dedric was a black male who had brown eyes, black hair, 5’ 11’’ to 6′ 1” tall weighing 147 pounds.
Cold Case
Harleen Singh
On Friday, March 5, 1993, Harleen Singh was reported to the Virginia Beach Police as a missing person by her father and estranged husband.  She had last been seen on March 4, 1993 at approximately 6:00 pm leaving her employment, Essex Corporation located in the Reflections II Office Building, 200 block of Golden Court.  Mrs. Singh had advised friends and family she was meeting her husband at their private business: Ultimate Beauty Supply Store, located in the Wards Corner Shopping Center off of Granby Road in Norfolk to complete tax forms.  Harleen was seen driving her four door, gray 1991 Honda Accord.
A gray Honda with a body inside was found in the back parking lot of the Wendy’s Restaurant located at the intersection of Independence Blvd. and Bonnie Road.  Police and rescue were called to the scene.  The female found in the car was deceased and later identified as Harleen Singh.  Her body was transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy.  She had died from being shot in the head.  The manner of death was ruled a homicide.
Harleen was a 26 year old petite Indian female who had dark brown eyes, black hair, 5’ 3’’ tall weighing 113 pounds.
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Reginald Basnight Jr.
On Sunday, July 12, 1992 at approximately 12:30 am, 15 year old “Reggie” Basnight was gunned down while he was standing in the 1200 block of Glyndon Drive.  Police and Rescue were called to the area for a report of gunfire.  The victim was found lying in the doorway of a home bleeding from the chest.  Rescue worked to save the teenager, but he died where he was found.  Witnesses described Reggie arguing with someone in a small white car over a girl just prior to the shooting.
Reggie was a light skinned black male who had green eyes, black hair, 5’ 10’’ tall weighing 143 pounds, and a thin build.
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Jason B. Walker
On Sunday, February 9, 1992 at 3:30 am, Police and Rescue were called to the report of gunfire in the parking lot of the Newpoint Shopping Center located in the 500 block of Newtown Road.  Witnesses described seeing a black male about 5’ 10’’ tall, wearing a black leather coat shooting a handgun while standing in front of the Bridge Nightclub.  Jason Walker was driving his red Chevrolet Berretta bearing a Virginia License Plate through the parking lot when his car window was shattered by a projectile striking Jason in the head.  He was taken to the hospital where he died a short time later.  The State Medical Examiner’s Office ruled this death a homicide.
Jason had previously been inside the nightclub watching the Rap Star Doo Doo Brown perform.  He was a United States Marine Corps reservist who was attending Norfolk State University when he was tragically shot and murdered.  He was a 23 year old black male who had brown eyes, black mustache, and black short hair, 6’ 2’’ tall weighing 200 pounds.
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Lee Allen Navarro
On Sunday, November, 10, 1991, 22 year old Lee Navarro was working at the Zero’s Sub Shop located in the Birchwood Shopping Center at 3760 Virginia Beach Blvd.  He was working alone at the time this murder occurred.  Potential customers entered the sub shop at approximately 7:45 pm finding Mr. Navarro suffering from a gunshot to the chest.  Police and Rescue units responded to the scene.  Rescue transported the victim to Virginia Beach General Hospital where he died from his injury.  Mr. Navarro’s body was transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy.  The manner of death was ruled a homicide.
He was a white male who had brown eyes and a brown hair cut in military style, 5’ 9’’ tall weighing 165 pounds.
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Samuel Baruch
On Thursday, October 10, 1991 at 9:15 am, Samuel Baruch arrived at his business in the 300 block of Birchwood Park Drive.  Mr. Baruch was seen leaving the business location alone while driving his full sized Grey Mercury Marquis, but he returned where he was found shot to death lying in a pool of blood next to a safe within the business.  Mr. Baruch’s body was transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.  The cause of death was a gunshot wound with the manner of death ruled a homicide.
Investigators discovered the victim’s grey Mercury Marquis missing from the business, but was found a short distance away at the Pembroke Mall Parking lot.  The apparent motive for this brutal murder was robbery.
Sam was a 34 year old large white male who had brown eyes and brown hair around the sides and bald on top of his head, 6’ 3’’ tall weighing 250 pounds.  He also had a large dark brown or black mustache.
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Thomas J. Hilton
On Monday, July 22, 1991, at 5:00 pm, the body of Thomas Hilton was found in his mobile home located in the 1200 block of Baker Road in the Colonial Run Trailer Park.  Investigators working the crime scene discovered signs of a struggle within the mobile home.  Mr. Hilton’s body was transported to the State medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy.  The cause of death was the result of a beating with the manner ruled a homicide.
Mr. Hilton had last been seen by friends the Saturday before, July 20, 1991 at approximately 5:00 pm.  He is described as a 55 year old white male who had brown eyes, brown with grey hair, 5’ 9’’ tall weighing 177 pounds.
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Joseph Anthony Mayhan
On Tuesday evening, April 2, 1991, Joseph “Stinky” Mayhan had been seen walking in the area of Carolina Avenue and Arctic Avenue.  He was a 32 year old black male who was dressed in a dark blue sweater, off white pants and white topsider styled shoes.  Mr. Mayhan was found lying in a grassy area in the 700 block of Arctic Avenue.  His body was transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy.  The cause of death was due to a gunshot wound to the chest with the manner of death a homicide.
Joseph was a 32 year old homeless black male who had brown eyes, black hair, thin build, 5’ 10’’ tall weighing 145 pounds.
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Michele Dewitt Pore
On Monday, February 18, 1991 at 10:15 pm, Michele Pore was seen by friends leaving a restaurant, Paesano, near the intersection of Lynnhaven Parkway and Virginia Beach Blvd. to return to her business.  Her office building is located in the 600 block of Lynnhaven Parkway.  She was known to work late hours.  She was seen alone getting into her Maroon Dodge Aeries “K” car bearing Virginia License and driving out of the parking lot.
On Tuesday, February 19, 1991, a family member reported Michele missing after she had not returned home from work the previous day.  Her vehicle was found in the parking lot of the business where she was employed.  Police found her body in the trunk of the car deceased.  Michele’s body was transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy.  The death was ruled a homicide.
Michelle was a 44 year old white female who had brown shoulder length hair, brown eyes and was 5’ 0’’ tall weighing 165 pounds.
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Karen Ann Wheeler
On Wednesday, January 16, 1991, a construction worker discovered a green canvass military style duffle bag lying in a ditch along the 700 block of General Booth Blvd. less than a mile from the Virginia Marine Science Museum which was under construction at the time.  The bag was opened and the gruesome discovery of a human body inside.  The bag and body were transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office where the death was ruled a homicide.  The body was identified as Karen Ann Wheeler, a 21 year old white female who had blonde dyed hair and blue eyes.  She was described as thin, weighing about 120 pounds.  She had blond hair, blue eyes and was about 5’1’’ tall with a scar on her left hand.
Karen Wheeler had last been seen on November 29, 1990.  She lived and hung out at the oceanfront area of Virginia Beach.
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David Lee Lamb Jr.
On Tuesday, August 14, 1990, three armed black males forced their way into David Lamb’s townhome located in the 1100 block of Hillock Crescent.  At 2:30 am, Police were summoned to the Lamb residence after a report of gunfire.  The 20 year old victim was found inside his residence suffering from a gunshot to the head.  He was taken to Sentera Norfolk General Hospital where he died from his injury.  His body was taken to the State Medical Examiner’s Officer for autopsy.  The manner of death was ruled a homicide.  Investigators interviewed numerous witnesses and neighbors who advised Lamb had lived at the townhome less than a year.  During that time, the atmosphere surrounding this home was annoying, with people coming and going at all hours of the day and night, loud music and fast cars driven to and from the Lamb residence.
Investigators are looking for a black male who appeared to be about 20 years old with a light complexion.  He stood about 5’ 6’’ tall weighing around 140 pounds.  He had a thin moustache with freckles.  At the time of the shooting he wore a white baseball cap with a white shirt.  The other two men were also black, but no other description is available.
David was a 20 year old black male who had brown eyes and short black hair, a slight beard and moustache.  He was 6’ 0’’ tall weighing 190 pounds.
Cold Case
Annunciacion Lapio Imperial
On Thursday, February 22, 1990 between 3:30 and 4:30 pm, Annunciacion Imperial, Asian Female, was working alone as the evening clerk at the Fil-Am Grocery Store when she was brutally murdered.  Robbery appears to be the motive.  The Fil-Am Grocery Store is located in the 900 block of Kempsville Road in the Providence Square Shopping Center in the Kempsville section of Virginia Beach.  A black male between 30 and 45 years of age was seen in the area a short time before and after the victim was found.  He was described by witnesses as standing about 5’ 10’’ tall with a thin muscular build and a weathered look.  He was wearing a brown or tan colored uniform.
Mrs. Imperial was a 56 year old Filipino female who had brown eyes, black with some gray hair.  She was 4’ 11’’ tall weighing 147 pounds.
Cold Case
Autry Church
On Wednesday, November 2, 1988 at approximately 5:15 pm, a report of gunfire in the area of Cleveland Street and Pennsylvania Avenue to Virginia Beach 9-1-1 .  Police responded to the area and found Autry Church suffering from a gunshot wound.  He was shot while sitting in the driver seat of his black Pontiac Fiero which displayed a Virginia License.  Rescue arrived and performed life saving procedures.  In spite of this attempt, Mr. Church died of his injuries.  His body was transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy.  The manner of death was ruled a homicide.
Witnesses described a white male, about 5’9’’ tall with a medium build, dark hair wearing white pants standing near the victim’s vehicle at the time the shots were heard.
Mr. Church was a 50 year old white male who had blue eyes, black collar length black hair, 5’ 8’’ tall weighing 175 pounds.  He worked in retail sales.
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Emory Eli Carroll Jr.
On Tuesday, October 25, 1988 at approximately 5:00 pm, Police were dispatched to the parking lot of Chesapeake House on the Bay located at 3558 Shore Drive where several gunshots were heard.  Police discovered the body of Emory Eli Carroll lying next to his blue 1975 Ford Van parked in front of this condominium building.  Mr. Carroll was still holding his car keys when he was shot several times in the head.  Rescue had pronounced him deceased at the scene.  Mr. Carroll’s body was transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy.  The manner of death was ruled a homicide.
Mr. Carroll was a 46 year old white male who had gray hair, hazel eyes, 5’ 8’’ tall weighing 185 pounds.
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Anastasia Christou
On Friday evening just before sundown on July 15, 1988, Anastasia Christou returned to her home located in the 300 block of  25 Half Street, just three blocks from the Atlantic Ocean.  This was the last time she would be seen alive.  On Saturday, July 16, 1988, a half hour past noon, her son found her suffering from wounds received from a beating.  As a result of these wounds, Anastasia died.  Force was used to gain entry into the home while the victim slept.  The investigation revealed theft as a possible motive for this viscous murder.
Ms. Christou’s body was transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy.  The manner of death was ruled a homicide.  She was a small white female who stood about 4’ 11’’ tall weighing 129 pounds at the time of her death.  She had dark brown eyes and grey hair.  She walked everyday between her home on 25 Half Street to the market and to her family business located at the oceanfront.
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James Allen Sutton
On July 10, 1988 a few minutes past midnight, James Sutton was found lying in the grassy area in the 5500 block of Gower Place suffering from a gunshot.  He was taken by Nightingale to Norfolk General Hospital where he died from his injury.  His body was transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy.  This death has been ruled a homicide.  Prior to this shooting, Mr. Sutton had been seen with an unidentified male near the area where he was shot.
James was a 27 year old white male who had hazel eyes, black shoulder length hair, 6’0’’ tall weighing 160 pounds.
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Velma Jane Peregory
On February 26, 1987 at 8:45 am, the body of Velma Peregory, 57, was found inside her locked apartment located in the 3500 block of Francis Land Court.  She had last been seen on February 25, 1987 at about 7:45 am near her apartment located in the Rose Hall Apartment complex.  A search of the scene failed to reveal a motive for this murder.  The body was transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy.  The cause of death was determined to be the result of a gunshot.  The manner of death is a homicide.
Velma was a 57 year old retiree who was 5’ 7’’ tall weighing 145 pounds.  She had grey shoulder length hair and brown eyes.
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Robert Walls
On Wednesday, May 15, 1986 at 6:30 am, Roberta Walls’ body was found in the field behind Old Donation Elementary School located in the 1000 block of Ferry Plantation Drive.  She was found with obvious signs of trauma due to a violent assault.  Roberta’s body was transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy.  Her death was the result of homicide.  Investigators determined Roberta had last been seen alive the night before at the Bayside Public Library located across the street from the location of Roberta’s murder.
She was known to frequent the Aragona area of Virginia Beach and the Ocean View area of Norfolk.  Roberta was a 22 year old white female who worked as an office worker.  She had hazel eyes, shoulder length brown hair and stood 5’ 3’’ tall weighing 134 pounds.  Roberta had tattoos on her arm and abdomen.
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Rafaella G. Bryant
On Tuesday, July 16, 1985 at 5:30 am, Virginia Beach 9-1-1 received a report of a car fire in the 4100 block of First Court Road.  The Fire Department along with Police responded and found a vehicle completely consumed with fire.  Once the fire was extinguished, a body was found inside the passenger compartment of a 1972 green Dodge Swinger with a vinyl top bearing a Pennsylvania license plate.  Fire and Police investigators converged on the scene and began a very exhaustive investigation.  Fire investigators discovered the fire was intentionally set after the car was driven into the field where it was found.
The body was transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy.  The cause of death was asphyxia and the manner a homicide.  The body was identified as Raffaella G. Bryant, a mother, who worked at an oceanfront restaurant, the Lemon Tree, located at 18th Street and Atlantic Avenue.  She had last been seen leaving her employment around midnight to pick her son up at the babysitters and before returning home.  Raffaella’s purse was found along Shore Drive about a mile from Atlantic Avenue.
Raffaella was a 20 year old white female who had dark brown eyes with black hair.  She was 5’6’’ tall weighing 125 pounds.
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Lisa Ann Jolley
On Friday, January 25, 1985, Lisa Ann Jolley was last seen sleeping in her apartment by her husband just before he left for work during the early morning hours.  Together, they lived in the 5600 block of Barnaby Court.  At approximately 5:00 pm, Mr. Jolley returned home to find his wife lying in a bath tub filled with water.  Police were called to the scene and discovered the victim deceased and fully clothed.  There did not appear to be any signs of forced entry into the home.  Lisa’s body was transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy.  The cause of death is asphyxiation and the manner ruled a homicide.
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Lisa was a 20 year old dependant wife of an active duty U.S. Navy enlisted man.  She was 5’ 7’’ tall weighing 177 pounds, with blue/grey eyes and blonde hair.
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Hazel Williams
On Friday, April 22, 1983, the body of Hazel Williams was discovered in her apartment in the 800 block of Virginia Beach Blvd.  Investigators determined the victim had last been seen alive earlier that same day walking on 17th Street and 18th Street.  Ms. Williams’ body was transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy.  Her death was the result of blunt force trauma and the manner to be homicide.
Hazel Williams was a 55 year old black female who was 5’ 3’’ tall weighing 155 pounds with shoulder length black hair.  She lived alone.
Cold Case
Frederick Wells, Sr.

On Monday, March 22, 1982, the Virginia Beach Fire Department was notified of a house fire in the 200 block of Green Springs Court.  The Fire Department arrived on scene and was able to contain the fire to within a few rooms saving the house.   Frederick Wells Sr., 48 years old, suffered burns over 80% of his body.  Mr. Wells was transported to Norfolk General Hospital where he died 24 hours later.  Police and Fire Investigators determined during a very exhaustive investigation, the fire was intentionally set and the death of Mr. Wells was declared a homicide.

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William Davis
On February 14, 1981, William Davis was last seen working at the Junior Market located at the entrance of Lake Placid on London Bridge Road.  Mr. Davis began his shift at approximately 3:00 pm that afternoon.  He was last seen around 7:00 pm inside the small convenience store.  At approximately 7:30 pm, a customer discovered the store unoccupied and unlocked.  This customer heard noise at in the rear of the store and investigated finding a dark colored vehicle leaving the back parking lot.  Police were called to the scene and discovered money missing from the cash register.  Mr. Davis’ vehicle and various other personal items owned by the victim were still at the store.
On February 15, 1981, the body of William Davis was found in a ditch along the 2700 block of Salem Road.  His body was taken to the State Medical Examiner’s Office where an autopsy was performed.  The cause of William’s death is a gunshot wound with the manner of death a homicide.
William Davis was a 52 year old white male, 6’1’’ tall, weighing 144 pounds, with brown eyes, short brown hair, and a thin build.
Cold Case
Patsy Bray Cowan
On Thursday, October 9, 1980, Patsy Cowan had attended a picnic in Chesapeake, Virginia from the late afternoon hours until around 7:30 pm.  A local builder invited real estate agents and builders from the Tidewater area to a large cookout where plans for a new development, on the land where this picnic occurred, was announced.  Patsy was seen arriving and leaving alone in her 1976 dark colored Oldsmobile.  She returned home in the 4400 block of Smokey Lake Drive, a new housing development, at approximately 8:15 pm.  She was found at approximately 11:45 pm, nude and suffering from several stab wounds.  There did not appear to be any forced entry into the home.  A handgun kept inside the home by Ms. Cowan is missing and is described as a Smith and Wesson “top break, Lemon Squeeze” nickel plated .38 caliber revolver.  The person(s) responsible for this brutal murder is suspected of taking this weapon.
Patsy was a 50 year old white female who had brown eyes and brown hair, 5’ 5’’ tall weighing 120 pounds.  She looked younger than her age.
Cold Case
Brenda Joi Bancroft

On Monday evening, December 24, 1979, Brenda Bancroft was last seen by her family in the 4100 block of Thalia Drive.  She had left her parent’s home driving her 1978 orange Datsun B-210 sedan and was due home later the same evening.  She attended a Christmas Party at Admiral Nicks Restaurant located in the 8100 block of Shore Drive in Norfolk.  A missing persons report was filed by family members.  On Friday, December 28, 1979, Ms. Bancroft’s deceased body was found in the 500 block of Spring Lake Crescent which is a short distance from her home.  Her body was transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office where the cause of death was determined to be suffocation.  As a result, Brenda’s death was ruled a homicide.

Brenda was a 20 year old white female who had light brown hair, blue eyes, 5’ 5’’ tall weighing 153 pounds.  When Brenda did not wear her contacts, she wore prescription glasses.

 

 

Cold Case
Alice Margaret Eskew
On Tuesday, September 4, 1979, Alice Eskew was last seen at home in the 3100 block of Arctic Avenue.  She left her home walking towards Laskin Road just before dusk.  A missing person’s report was filed with police after she failed to return home that evening.  Her body was found on Thursday, September 6, 1979 at approximately 5:00 pm in the densely wooded area of Seashore State Park just off Shore Drive close to the bypass.  Ms. Eskew’s body was transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy.  Alice’s cause of death is blunt force trauma; therefore the manner of death was ruled a homicide.
Alice was 18 years old and a very petite white female who was 5’ 1’’ tall weighing 80 pounds.  She had long blonde hair and dark eyes.