Evidence in double murder investigation submitted months later

Reported by Lynda Figueredo - bio|email
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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A year has come and gone since a gruesome discovery was made in a wooded area off Carolina Beach Road.

Now, WECT has exclusive information that concerns evidence in the deaths of Allison Jackson Foy and Angela Nobles Rothen whose bones were found April 26, 2008.

Earlier this week a detective working the case said authorities consider Timothy Iannone a suspect.  The detective also said they are still waiting for DNA to come back from the SBI lab.

Though it can sometimes take a long time to receive lab results, evidence in this case wasn't sent immediately.

The Attorney General's Office told WECT it didn't receive evidence until January 2009, almost eight months after the remains were discovered.

Records show the first submission from the Wilmington Police Department was January 13, then two additional items were submitted for DNA testing February 5 and 11.

Earlier this week Detective Mike Overton said those test results may provide information needed to solve the crime.

At this point the detective says the evidence they have is circumstantial and they are waiting for the evidence they need to make an arrest.

When questioned about the evidence submission, Overton declined to comment on the investigation.

Lisa Valentino, Foy's sister, said she was unaware of the evidence delay until WECT informed her.

"They told me the sweater that was found was sent in September," said Valentino.  "Now, you're telling me the first thing wasn't sent until January 13?  What's so mind boggling is I don't know why it's taking so long to send evidence out."

According Attorney General Roy Cooper, any law enforcement officer who needs quick work on a case can call the crime lab and get it done.

"We have a rush program in place that can be used," said Cooper.  "I don't know this case, but a lot of times evidence hasn't been delivered to the crime lab there's some confusion going on."

Cooper's office said Wilmington Police did not place a rush on the evidence and that it is still under analysis.

Even when tests are complete, there is no guarantee the results will provide the DNA needed to solve the double homicide.

Detectives received DNA testing in August from a lab in Texas confirming one set of the remains belonged to Rothen.  Foy was identified by the same lab in September.

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