WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Imagine a loved one named on a 'missing persons' list. Or think about police officers finding your sister's bag of bones on the side of the road.
As it turns out, the friends and family of 13 murder victims deal with not knowing all the answers every day, year after year.
"You never get it out of your head, thinking about a loved one murdered and found just off the road in the woods," said Beverly Rivers.
Her sister Priscilla Rogers was discovered in a wooded area off River Road in 2009.
"I just have to tell myself that isn't her. She was happy and liked to joke around with me and my brother. She didn't deserve to be found like that."
The Wilmington Police Department is asking for your help with several unsolved murders in the Wilmington community. Each month the agency will feature a group of cases in hopes of gathering new information to bring them to a close.
Chief Ralph Evangelous, along with the families and friends of several victims, held a news conference at the Wilmington Police Department Friday morning to promote this effort.
"We must never forget the victims who have been killed in our community and their unsolved murders," said Chief Evangelous. "We will work tirelessly to bring justice to those whose voices can no longer be heard."
According to Evangelous, 83 homicides have been investigated in the City of Wilmington since 2004. Of those, 70 cases have been closed and arrests were made. That leaves just over a dozen cases unsolved.
"We believe with the community's help we can solve more cases," said Evangelous. "Just one tip or a shred of information could be the missing link in helping us to solve these crimes."
Evangelous said the department hopes to have some more information to share with the public soon.
"We are not quite ready, but by next month I hope we will be able to do something involving all of the murders," said Evangelous.
The cases that were highlighted Friday include:
Foy disappeared from Wilmington in July 2006. Her remains were found in a wooded area along Carolina Beach Road in 2008, along with the remains of Angela Rothen. Foy was last seen alive leaving Junction Pub and Billiards after having drinks with a close friend. Her extended family says there is no way she would have just left her daughters behind.
Last seen July 5, 2007 - Body found April 26, 2008.
Rothen, 42, disappeared in June 2007. Her remains were found with Allison Jackson Foy's in 2008.
Rogers, 41, was reported missing from Wilmington in late August 2009, but her family had not seen or heard from her since June 2009. Her body was found in December 2009. The Wilmington Police Department says evidence suggests Rogers was murdered, although the cause of death has not been determined.
Johnson was murdered on July 4, 2011. She was found dead on her kitchen floor at her home on Pine Valley Drive. A bathrobe soaked in blood lay at her feet.
According to the official report from the state's Chief Medical Examiner, Johnson died of blood loss from multiple stab wounds. An autopsy revealed a total of nine stab wounds to the neck, back, and chest.
Johnson's fiance, Christopher Munn, told police he returned home from work around 3:00am on July 4th and found her body.
There are currently 13 unsolved murders cases in Wilmington. If you have information about any of these cases please contact the Wilmington Police Department's Detective Division at (910) 343-3620 or use the Text-A-Tip line by texting the word CRIMES – then text Tip708 and the information you wish to send. Texts are anonymous.
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