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How many unsolved murders are there in Wilmington?

Matt Tomsic
StarNews

UPDATE: On Dec. 31, 2013, Staff Writer F.T. Norton wrote about the four unsolved Wilmington murders from 2013. She also provided a comprehensive overview of all the unsolved murders in recent years and decades in New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties. There were 50 of them listed.

Here’s the way we answered this question in August 2010:

Fifteen killings haven’t been solved since 2000.

A total of 95 killings have happened during that same time period, said Lucy Crockett, Wilmington police spokeswoman.

Here’s the breakdown:

  • 2010: Four people were murdered and three of the cases remain unsolved. Those whose murders remain unsolved are Teshon Malik Lane, Quincey Diallo Rhodes and Eric Connell Fields Jr.
  • 2009: Police solved four of the five killings. Priscilla Rogers’ killer hasn’t been found.
  • 2008: Police solved nine of 13 killings. The killings of Montez Jones, Emmitt Cinque Irving, Allison Jackson-Foy and Angela Nobles Rothen have not been solved.
  • 2007: Police solved 10 of 11 killings. Ronald Conyers’ killer has not been found.
  • 2006: Police solved all eight killings.
  • 2005: Police solved all 10 killings.
  • 2004: Police solved eight of nine killings. Investigators are still looking for Terry Antwain Green’s killer.
  • 2003: Police cleared all five homicides.
  • 2002: Police cleared all 11 homicides.
  • 2001: Police solved seven of 10 killings. The cases of Gerenew Zeleke, Stephen Wayne Sidberry and Vernard Darius Chandler have not been solved.
  • 2000: Police solved seven of nine killings. William R. Smith III’s and Jerome Mitchell’s killers haven’t been found.

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3 Responses to “ How many unsolved murders are there in Wilmington?”

  1. On January 4, 2011 at 12:23 pm Frances Toy wrote:

    We have some of the finest investigators in all of police work in the nation in this department and the hanover cnty sheriff.s office…what we need is the public to come forward….I am so very proud of the wpd. Keep trying…never quit and thank you when you all helped me in and identity theft case. I will always be grateful to the wpd and have faith in their leadership community committment sense of honor duty and protection thru service. I will put them up against department in the national and if given the property tools and support…..every single homicide will be solved so that the victims voices will be heard. Go wpd…n ty star news you are instrumental in victim resolution as well as critical in the outcome of each case…you make us do our jobs as human beings.

  2. On January 5, 2011 at 6:55 pm Jim Ware wrote:

    This answer was updated Jan. 5, 2011, by Brian Freskos.

  3. On June 18, 2012 at 3:02 am teresa of washington state wrote:

    I MOVE AWAY FROM.WILMINGTON IN 1989…I CANT BELIEVE HOW FREAKING BAD CRIMES IS..I STILL HAVE FAMILY THERE…I WILL.NOT GO UNLESS ITS FOR A FUNERAL….READING MYREPORTS.COM I RECOGNIZE NAMES OF MURDER VICTIMS OF MY CHILDHOOD FRIENDS. OMG AT LEAST 4 NAMES



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