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Families, police want answers in unsolved Wilmington murders


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Their bodies were found years ago in Wilmington, but details of what led to the deaths of four women are still scarce.

Today, Wilmington Police joined the victims' families in a plea to the public for help finding answers surrounding the unsolved murders.

Investigators found the bones of Angela Rothen and Allison Jackson Foy in April 2008 in woods off Carolina Beach Road. Five years later, they still have not found their killer.

"It really doesn't go away," Foy's daughter, Courtney Jackson said. "It's not something you want to go away. You want to remember all of the good times and keep those memories close to you, because once you forget, it's not important to you anymore."

Years have slowly trickled for the families, yet so many questions are left unanswered about who and what led to their deaths.

The same is true for the murder of Priscilla Rogers, whose bones were found near River Road in December 2009 and Carol Ann Johnson, who was stabbed to death in her Pine Valley home in July 2011.

Three of the victims' families joined police Friday to ask for the public's help in solving the crimes.

"If someone out there knows something, come to the police department," Rogers's sister Beverly Rivers. "Don't come to me and my family and tell us if you're not going to make a statement."

Police say they are following leads, although they remain tight-lipped on the details.

"There is information we are working on in each of these cases, and I'll leave it at that," Det. Lee Odham said.

For loved ones like Foy's sister Lisa Valentino, the fight for justice will never end.

"The anger motivates you to have the desire to persevere more and continue to seek answers and justice," Valentino said.

Police Chief Ralph Evangelous says new information on the four cases will be released in the next month.

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I believe without a doubt

I believe without a doubt that the cabbie did it!


I believe the cab driver had something to do with it. The fact being he kidnapped a woman and beat her near where the remains of Allison and Angela were found. There is no doubt in my mind he is the cab driver that picked her up that night. Maybe Allison did talk to a woman in the parking lot that night . Maybe she talked to the woman that would be later found next to Allison's remains. I do not believe her husband killed her. There would be some evidence in his house or car. They didn't say if the cab driver dropped her off at her house that night. I don't believe he did. He kidnapped her and killed her. Just like he did to the woman who was found next to Allison. I wonder if Tims wife knows something.if allison never made it home that night which Ibeieve if allisons husband was home he would have said "yeah she made it home" he wouldn't wait for her to come home, kill her and dump her body in and. drive her to where she would be later found. While there kid was in the house that night. Tim picked her up from the bar, drove to a remote location and killed her. There is no other explanation.



Allison Jackson Foy cold case

I just watched an episode of ID Disappeared. Question: Did the police ever ask Chris Williams to describe the cab driver who entered the pub? Did they ever ask Chris to look at a photo array or lineup including Tim Iannone? The episode doesn't indicate if this was ever done.

The cabby likely did it.

Actually, a bartender called for the cab, supposedly. I am also wondering if her guy friend (Chris) was able to describe the cab driver that arrived. Perhaps the driver just waited in the cab outside and a bar patron asked "who called for a cab?" when they saw it pull up (if bar had windows). Also, most of the bar patrons really suspected Tim Iannone was the murderer, so did they actually see Tim as the cabby that picked up Allison?

I do find it VERY suspicious that Tim was arrested for the kidnapping, rape, and assault of that female prostitute who got away from him - she claims he was trying to kill her. If Tim passed a lie detector test, that really is NOT definitive. While it's a good indicator for the average untrained person, Tim could've prepped for months before he finally took the test; he requested to finally take it. Also, some psychopaths have passed due to the unique way they think and their lack of emotion. Recently, a man was arrested for murder even though he initially passed the lie detector test that was given years before DNA technology would nail him.

Is there a chance Tim's Iannone not guilty? Of course. That would likely mean that another cab diver that looked like him was committing these murders - assuming the eyewitness sketch was correct. If that's the case, they should search for a look-a-like cabby. On the other hand, the husband DOES have some motive and suspicious behavior too, like canceling Allison's cellphone and not calling her family. I'm going with the assumption that Chris' alibi was super solid. So who knows? I hope time will tell.

Chris's Phone Records?

According to ID Disappeared the police/investigators never looked at Chris's phone record the nite he called the cab driver. If they got the ph# from Chris then they could have found the cab driver.

Just watched an episode of

Just watched an episode of Dissapeared on Netflix. The word is still out there. I know I can't help from Texas, but my thoughts are with the family and the children.

$5,000 Reward

Just a reminder to the public, the state of North Carolina approved a $5,000 reward in 2011 for information leading to an arrest in the homicide death of Priscilla Rogers.

Good joke

The chief asking the public to "step up and do the right thing" when he won't do the right thing within his own department. Maybe if he were to clean out the corruption and unethical officers as well as ineffective command staff the public would be more willing to talk.

Better clean your house before training and standards cleans up for you. It is better to be proactive than reactive with them.

Praying for each family to

Praying for each family to find closure.


The manager there was murdered in his office, in the mid '80's. Unsolved