Crackdown on Crime: Kathleen Cotton's murder remains unsolved - WECT, weather & sports Wilmington, NC

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Betty Wilson’s journey to find her birth mother didn’t end the way she expected.
Instead, it involved private investigators, New Hanover County detectives, murder and mystery.

“It’s been 15 years of no real conclusion and that’s hard,” Wilson said.
“That’s hard because she deserves better than that.”

Kathleen Cotton was 68 years old when she was murdered in her home on Middle Sound Loop Road in
Wilmington July 3, 1999.

Cold Case: Kathleen Cotton

Cotton lived alone, but she was well-known by her neighbors, who often saw her working in the yard.

She was known for gardening and often hired handymen to help out, but did one of them kill her?
Neighbors have often wondered.

On July 21,1999, Cotton's neighbor noticed he hadn't seen her for a few weeks. He went to check on Cotton
and noticed signs that something was not right. He called 911 and deputies found Cotton's body in her bathtub.

Detectives believe robbery was the motive for the killing. Her purse, money and car were missing from the home,
but her vehicle wasn't gone for long.

Detectives said Cotton's car was found in Oklahoma City, but don't think the man who had the vehicle was
involved in her murder.

After her adoptive parents passed away, Wilson began searching for her birth parents.

In 2009 she learned her mother was Kathleen Cotton, but it was too late for her to get to know her mother.

More than 15 years later, Cotton's murder remains a mystery and the person who killed her is still on the loose.

Wilson says finding her mother's killer will help bring her closure.

Ashlea Kosikowski will break down this cold case tonight on WECT News at 11. Learn how Cotton was killed
and what Wilson and detectives are doing in hopes of cracking the case.

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