Unsolved Homicides

Billy Kenneth Barber – Oct. 5, 2010 – White male, age 81. The victim was found dead in his home on Mary Avenue.

Stephanie Emory Vernon – July 4, 2010 – White female, age 34. The victim’s body was found in a woodline near the railroad tracks in the 1400 block of Airline Avenue.

Antonio Ernesto Herrera – Aug. 14, 2008 – Hispanic male, age 25. The victim died of gunshot wounds in the 200 block of North Ransom Street.

Haywood Eugene McCoy – Jan. 15, 2008 – Black male, age 24. The victim died of a gunshot wound to his head on Rankin Avenue.

Martic LaSalle Carothers – Oct. 24, 2007 – Black male, age 31. The victim died of a gunshot wound after four unknown black males pulled up in a vehicle, got out and tried to rob him.

Jaye Lynn Jarrett Smith – Sept. 9, 2005 – White female, age 28. The victim’s body was found in a wooded area near the 600 block of East Second Avenue.

Jerry Timons Barnette – Sept. 11, 2003 – White male, age 61. The victim was found dead in a parking lot on Gaston Avenue.

William Norris – Jan. 20, 2002 – Black male, age 62. The victim was found shot in a building he used for commercial purposes on West Airline Avenue.

Sarah Mae McAbee – Dec. 19, 1997 – White female, age 76. The victim was reported missing from her residence. Her body was later found in a well behind a business in Gaston County.

Mildred Cordelia Tyson – Nov. 17, 1996 – Black female, age 38. The victim’s body was found by three teenage boys walking through the woods along the Crowder’s Mountain State Park access off Linwood Road.

Roger Peter Kaempf – Nov. 14, 1994 – White male, age 33. A housekeeper at a local hotel on East Franklin Boulevard went in to clean a room and found the victim’s body in the bathroom.

Kenneth Eugene Deal – Sept. 25, 1992 – White male, age 65. The victim was severely beaten about his head, and died 11 months later.

Harold Clifton Hearne II – Aug. 12, 1993 – White male, age 44. The victim was found dead from a gunshot wound lying on the ground near his vehicle in the parking lot of a local business on East Franklin Boulevard.

Debra Denise Ratchford – Aug. 5, 1992 – Black female, age 30. The victim’s body was found in the woods next to Oakland Street Cemetery.

Dan Cory Leach – April 6, 1990 – Black male, age 65. The victim was found shot in his bedroom at home on Huckleberry Lane.

James Clifford Friday – Dec. 25, 1989 – Black male, age 43. Family members arrived for Christmas dinner hosted at victim’s residence on West Walnut Avenue, but they couldn’t get him to answer the door. Police were called, and the victim was found deceased.

Kimmie Zelrick Massingale – Aug. 2, 1987 – White female, age 33. The victim was found dead in the weeds near businesses on Cox Road.

James Dennis Boulware – April 19, 1987 – Black male, age 34. The victim was found dead on the kitchen floor of his residence on Hallmark Drive.

Cecil Griffin – July 16, 1980 – White male, age 62. The victim was found lying on the floor of his residence on Crescent Lane.

Leonard Melvin Lucas – April 26, 1973 – White male, age 50. The victim was found dead at a business on Carolina Avenue, apparently shot during an attempted robbery.

 

 

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