Crimes Cold Case
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.
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.
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.
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.