Alexandria Police Department's Cold Cases

The Alexandria Police Department Criminal Investigations Section is seeking the public’s help to find the person or persons responsible for the following crimes.

Page updated on Feb 23, 2017 at 11:06 AM

The Alexandria Police Criminal Investigations Section requests the public’s assistance with these cold case investigations. While some of the cases span decades, detectives are still looking for leads and are interested in talking to anyone with information. If you have information regarding any of the cases, please contact us. The victims of these crimes await justice, and their families, friends and neighbors deserve closure.

We recognize that individuals may have information which may led to the successful resolution of these cases, but may not be aware of its full significance. Other people may have concerns about publicly coming forward. We can address your concerns if you contact APD CIS at 703.746.6673 or send an email to ryan.clinch@alexandriava.gov. You can also write to the following address with information or other materials: Alexandria Police Department CIS, 3600 Wheeler Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22304.

Please contact the Department and let detectives decide whether or not the information you have is useful.

  • Donna Sue Oglesby
    Date: February 3, 1970
    Location: 2700 block of Duke Street
    Donna Sue Oglesby, 18, was found deceased, stabbed and sexually assaulted inside an apartment. 

  • Yvonne Dowdy
    Date: August 16, 1970
    Location: 1200 block of N. Pitt Street
    Yvonne Dowdy, 20, was found deceased in her apartment. Ms. Dowdy died from a stabbing to her chest.

  • Michael L. Shankle
    Date: September 1, 1971
    Location:  2900 block of Duke Street
    Michael L. Shankle, 20, was found lying in the street in the 2900 block of Duke Street.  He was suffering from a single gunshot wound to the neck. He was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.
     
  • Willie Ben Parker 
    Date: January 30, 1972
    Location:  300 block of North Henry Street
    Police responded to a home in the 300 block of N. Henry Street to find Willie Ben Parker, 52, who had been beaten and robbed. Mr. Parker died from blunt force trauma to the head.  

  • Marion Kelley
    Date: December 19, 1972
    Location: 100 block of Skyhill Drive
    Marion Kelley, 31, was last seen in November 1972. She was found deceased over a month later in an abandoned building, suffering from trauma to the upper body.
     
  • Freddie Paige Painter 
    Date: July 8, 1973
    Location:  50 East Reed Avenue
    Freddie Paige Painter, 44, was found in the rear of 50 East Reed Avenue near the railroad tracks suffering from multiple stab wounds. He died from his injuries.  
     
  • George E. Huff 
    Date: July 22, 1974
    Location:  500 block of North Henry Street
    Officers responded to the report of a shooting in the 500 block of North Henry Street and found George E. Huff, 55, suffering from a gunshot wound. Mr. Huff succumbed to his wounds.  

  • Lillie May Pickenpack
    Date: December 21, 1974
    Location:  100 block of Queen Street
    Lillie May Pickenpack, 64, was found suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest when police responded to the report of a shooting in the 1100 block of Queen Street.  Ms. Pickenpack died from her injuries. 

  • Lynda Kaye White 
    Date: December 19, 1975
    Location:  4600 block of Raleigh Avenue
    Lynda Kaye White, 5, was found lying face down in a drainage ditch near an apartment complex on Raleigh Avenue. She had been sexually assaulted and strangled.  
     
  • Donnell Tyrone Adkins
    Date: January 31, 1976
    Location:  200 block of North Payne Street
    Donnell Tyrone Adkins, 34, was found inside his residence suffering from a single gunshot wound to the chest. He succumbed to his injuries before paramedics arrived. 
     
  • Debra A. Wright
    Date: February 16, 1977 
    Location:  3800 block of Executive Avenue
    Debra A. Wright, 18, was found in the basement of an apartment building in the 3800 block of Executive Avenue. She had been shot multiple times in the upper body and died from her injuries.   

  • Crystal Lynette Johnson
    Date: April 28, 1980
    Location:  1400 block of Duke Street (railroad tracks)
    Crystal Lynette Johnson’s remains were found by the railroad tracks in the 1400 block of Duke St. Ms. Johnson, 15, had been reported missing in July of 1979. The exact cause of her death is unknown.  

  • Richard Henry Owens
    Date:  December 24, 1981
    Location:  1200 block of South Washington Street
    Police were called to the 1200 block of South Washington St. where they found Richard Henry Owens, 33, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.  He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. 

  • Siraj Haque
    Date: May 9, 1982
    Location:  800 block of North Washington Street
    Siraj Haque, 20, was the manager of the Quality Inn in the 800 block of North Washington Street. He was found inside the business with a single gunshot wound to the upper body.  He was transported to a local hospital where he later died. 

  • Edgar Warren Gray
    Date: February 25, 1984
    Location:  5000 block of Seminary Road
    Edgar Warren Gray, 49, was found in the 5000 block of Seminary Road with a single gunshot wound to the upper body. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.  

  • Joseph L. Byron
    Date: May 10, 1986
    Location:  6000 block of Edsall Road
    Joseph Byron, 51, was found deceased inside his condominium in the 6000 block of Edsall Road. Mr. Byron had been beaten to death.  

  • James Gillis and Aleta Allen
    Date: March 16, 1987
    Location:  300 block of East Clifford Avenue
    Police responded to the 300 block of E. Clifford St. and found James Gillis, 43, and his girlfriend Aleta Allen, 25, deceased inside of a residence. Both victims had been shot in the head.  

  • Julie B. Walden 
    Date: June 12, 1988
    Location:  400 block of South Columbus Street
    Julie B. Walden, 63, was found dead in her apartment in the 400 block of S. Columbus St. by a relative. Ms. Walden had been stabbed multiple times and died from her as a result of her injuries. 

  • Mohammad Assadi 
    Date: July 18, 1989
    Location:  5500 block of Holmes Run Parkway
    Mohammad Assadi, 37, was found deceased inside of his apartment after officers responded to the report of a noise complaint.  Mr. Assadi died from gunshot wounds.  

  • Lisa Colleen Grossman 
    Date: March 18, 1990
    Location:  800 block of South Pickett Street
    The body of Lisa Grossman, 29, was found lying in a parking lot in the 800 block of S. Pickett Street. The cause of death was determined to be blunt force trauma to the head.  

  • Albert Williams 
    Date: June 1, 1992
    Location:  400 block of North Payne Street
    Albert Williams, 28, was found with stab wounds in an alley in the 400 block of N. Peyton Street. Mr. Williams was transported to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. 

  • Jack R. Cowles 
    Date: December 21, 1992
    Location:  3800 block of Russell Road
    Jack Cowles, 74, was last seen alive on December 18, 1992. Three days later, he was found deceased inside his residence in the 3000 block of Russell Road. Mr. Cowles had been stabbed multiple times and had severe head injuries.

  • James Joseph Miller
    Date: July 21, 1993                 
    Location: 4600 Block of Kenmore Avenue

    James Joseph Miller, 49, was found lying on the ground with a gunshot wound to the head when officers responded to a report of a shooting. He was pronounced dead after being transported to the hospital. 


  • Eric Donald Galloway
    Date: November 21, 1993            
    Location: 1400 block of N. Beauregard Street

    Eric Galloway, 28, was reported missing by his family on November 18, 1993. His body was found on November 21, 1993, in a wooded area in the 1400 block of N. Beauregard St. Mr. Galloway died from a gunshot wound.  

  • Curtis Fitzgerald King
    Date: August 21, 1994 
    Location: 6100 block of Edsall Road 
    Curtis Fitzgerald King, 27, of Alexandria, was found lying in a parking lot of the Edlandria apartment complex suffering from several gunshot wounds. He succumbed to his injuries.  

  • Daniel Lee Ferguson
    Date: December 17, 1994                  
    Location: 1200 block of Queen Street

    Daniel Lee Ferguson, 20, was located suffering from a gunshot wound when officers responded to a report of a shooting. Mr. Ferguson succumbed to his wounds at a local hospital.  The shots may have been fired from a passing vehicle.  


  • Owen Byrnes
    Date: March 30, 1996                 
    Location: 400 block of Timberbranch Parkway

    Owen Byrnes, 29, was last seen on March 28, 1996. His body was found in a storm drain two days later. Mr. Byrnes died from blunt force trauma.  

  • Alisha "Lisa" Johnson
    Date: July 28, 1996 
    Location: 600 block of Four Mile Road 
    Alisha “Lisa” Johnson, 20, was last seen in Alexandria in July of 1996, and her remains were found in Faquier County, Virginia on August 4, 1996.   
     
  • Mantimiano Rodriguez
    Date: September 21, 1997
    Location: 1100 block of Madison Street

    Mantimiano Rodriguez , 27, was found suffering from a stab wound when officers responded for the report of a fight near the Pueblo Viejo restaurant.  He was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.  

  • Oswaldo Villeda
    Date: April 12, 1997         
    Location: 5 East Mason Avenue
    Oswaldo Villeda, 28, was inside an apartment when he was stabbed multiple times by an unknown suspect. He was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.

     

  • David Curtis Murphy 
    Date: December 7, 2005 
    Location: 400 block of North Patrick Street  

    David Curtis Murphy, 37, was outside of his residence when an unidentified man approached and shot him. Mr. Murphy was shot multiple times and succumbed to his injuries at a local hospital.

  • Bethlehem Ayele
    Date: October 25, 2006 
    Location: Commonwealth and Mount Vernon Avenues

    Bethlehem Ayele, 34, was inside her vehicle and stopped at a traffic light when a suspect approached her vehicle on foot. The suspect fired several shots into the vehicle. Ms. Ayele died from gunshot wounds.

  • Darnell Brown
    Date: September 22, 2007 
    Location: 400 block of North Columbus Street 
    Darnell Brown, 22, of Maryland, was found lying in the street suffering from a gunshot wound. He succumbed to his injuries.  
     
  • Jose Eugenio Cruz
    Date: October 31, 2007
    Location: 3800 block of Executive Avenue

    Jose Eugenio Cruz, 26, was found after being severely beaten by a group of unknown suspects. He died from blunt force trauma.

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