Police: New witness comes forward in Allison Jackson Foy murder

Published: Jul. 29, 2016 at 10:36 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 29, 2016 at 11:24 PM EDT
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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Ten years after Allison Jackson Foy's disappearance, a Wilmington detective said a witness has come forward in her murder case.

Allison was last seen July 29, 2006 at a bar on Carolina Beach Road. Her remains were discovered in a wooded area about three miles away in 2008.

Since then, no one has been charged with her murder.

"It's almost paralyzing to the family because they can't just move on," said Monica Caison, director of the CUE Center for Missing Persons. "The anniversaries, the birthdays, the holidays—all of these things come and go year after year and they're tired of it."

A few feet from Allison's remains, were the bones of another missing woman—Angela Rothen.

"This is the largest, most expansive case file that we have at the police department," said Detective Lee Odham, who started investigating the murders after the bodies were found.

Odham believes both women were murdered by the same person. He said over the years, potential suspects have come and gone

"From serial killers to citizens whose names have come up in the investigation," he said. "We, by process of elimination have eliminated all but one suspect in this case."

That suspect, Odham said, is Timothy Iannone, a former Port City cab driver who Odham says was in the bar Allison disappeared from.

Iannone is currently in prison, serving time for numerous charges, including embezzlement and breaking and entering.

"We have recently discovered some new information and that information along with the other information that's come up in this investigation is being evaluated and reevaluated by the New Hanover County DA's office," stated Odham.

Det. Odham said a new witness came forward a few months ago.

"After speaking with the particular witness we were able to verify virtually everything that he had to tell us," Odham said.

Odham hopes this new information will finally lead to charges from District Attorney Ben David.

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