Wilmington family seeks closure on a six-year-old homicide

Reported by Lynda Figueredo - bio|email
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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - In September of 2002, a woman was found dead in her car and now her family wants closure.

It has been six years since Aleta Ferguson's baby sister was murdered.  Though a lot of time has past, the pain still remains.

On September 28, 2002, police responded to a call after a white Jeep Cherokee crashed into a fence.  The body of 32-year-old Vicki Robbins Brendle, a mother of two, was inside.

Investigators initially thought the crash was an accident, but after an examination at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, the case quickly turned into a homicide.

They found Brendle dead behind the wheel, but the crash wasn't the cause of death.  Brendle had been shot.

Police believe Brendle may have been in the Nesbitt Court Housing area trying to buy drugs before the so-called accident.

They also believe whoever shot her was someone she likely knew.

For the past six years, Brendle's family has been trying to piece together the mystery of her death one clue at a time.

The family is willing to pay for information that will lead to an arrest, but no one has come forward in all these years.

Until something turns in this case, Ferguson said the driving force in her life will be finding her sister's killer.

Police say because Brendle was killed during the day it is possible someone saw her killer.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Wilmington Police Department, 343-3600.