Wilmington police say out of 2002's 11 murders only one remains unsolved.
May 5th marked the first murder of the year for the department. Officers say William Riley, who was just shy of his twenty-first birthday was shot three times including once in his head. Leaving behind a fiancee and 2 month old baby girl.
One tragic murder that touched the hearts of many around the area, especially in local government, was that of Gladys Bryant. Bryant, who worked for various New Hanover County departments for over 20 years, was killed by her ex-husband. She was found by a relative, shot in the head in her Pinewoods Apartment.
Just one month later a woman who was well known in the Wrightsville Beach community was found stabbed to death in her home in Dogwood Mobile Home Trailer Park. Police 62-year-old Jane Truelove Head had been killed by her neighbor.
But perhaps the murder that is most troubling to Wilmington detectives is the one they have yet to solve. Three months ago, police found 32-year-old Vicki Robbins Brendle dead inside her wrecked car at the corner of Front and Meares streets near downtown Wilmington. She had been shot. Police now believe she may have been in the Nesbitt Court Housing complex buying drugs before she was killed. Officers believe whoever shot her was someone she knew. Police say someone out their know's what happened to Brendle. And they need your help in bringing her killer to justice.