WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Twelve years after a Wilmington woman went missing, her family is trying to get new DNA testing in the case.
Allison Jackson Foy went missing on Carolina Beach Road in 2006. Her body was found in 2008.
Foy’s family returns to Wilmington each year searching for answers in a murder that remains unsolved.
“I did a lot of interviews throughout these years,” Lisa Valentino said. “There was always an article when I was coming to town.”
Lisa Valentino does not live in Wilmington and she never has, but she comes here each year, because this is where her sister lived the last time they ever spoke.
“It was my daughter’s birthday and so she was calling me to wish Emily a Happy Birthday,” Valentino said. “And the last thing you know I said to her is, ‘I love you’ and she said, ‘Alright. I love you. I’ll talk to you soon.”
It was July 2006. Allison Jackson Foy was thirty four at the time and a mother of two who had just gotten a new job. That all ended when Valentino got a call from her dad.
“And said, ‘I just got a message on the answering machine that your sister Allison is missing.’ Immediately we went in to panic. I heard those first words. I knew she wasn’t alive,” Valentino said.
Valentino said Allison was working the day she went missing. She said Allison had left work and was going to celebrate with a friend of hers and so they went to what was Junction Pub. At the time, Junction pub was on Carolina Beach Road. It is now called Mad Katz.
“She had a couple glasses of wine,” Valentino said. “Her friend at the time said to her, ‘You know you shouldn’t drive home. Let me call you a cab.'”
Valentino said the bartender then called a cab.
“The bartender said at the time, somebody walked into the bar and said, ‘Did somebody call a cab?’ and they said, ‘Yeah. We did.’ and she walked out with the cab driver and that was the last that she was ever seen,” Valentino said.
Two years later, in April 2008, Valentino said remains were found about a mile and a half from where she went missing.
“The particular place where she was found was a cut through for people,” Valentino said. “It was also a known place where guys took prostitutes, so someone was passing by and saw two sets of remains.”
While waiting to get DNA results, Valentino made a trip to Wilmington. When she was visiting the site where the remains were found, Valentino said she found even more remains.
“There’s only really been one suspect as far as I’m concerned and that was a cab driver at the time,” Valentino said. “He has not been charged but I’m not afraid to say his name. His name has been in the papers. Timothy Iannone”
In November 2008, police cleared Iannone’s name as a suspect. Valentino did not agree with that move.
“He fits all kinds of descriptions,” Valentino said. “In fact even a sketch artist drew up a sketch of him.”
“Even twelve years later, I’m fighting to have another kind of DNA testing in her case that I brought to police.”
Valentino wants police to use a new kind of technology to test the DNA. It is called M-Vac systems. CEO of M-Vac Jared Bradley said it is vacuum type device that is able to pull more DNA from evidence than a swab would. Watch Good Morning Carolina next Monday to see how exactly the system works and which agencies in the Cape Fear are looking into getting one.
In the meantime, Valentino continues to be a voice for Allison’s case.
“I just need to have it completed,” Valentino said. “My sister deserves it. My sister certainly deserves to have justice. Her daughters certainly deserve that.”
Another set of remains were found near Allison Jackson-Foy. They were identified as Angela Rothen, a woman who had also been missing for a year.
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