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Cold Cases


If anyone has information regarding these cases they are encouraged to contact the Asheville Police Department at (828) 252-1110. Any information, large or small, can assist in identifying a suspect(s) in these cases or locating a missing person.

Unsolved Homicides
Jake Burrell May 18, 1969 - Jake Burrell was last seen leaving the old B&R Bar on North Lexington Avenue. Early the next morning Jake was found beaten to death in the alley behind 9 Walnut. Jake was 48 years old at the time of this death.
Virginia Olson April 15, 1973 - Virginia Olson was a student at the University of North Carolina at Asheville (UNCA). She was found near WT Weaver Boulevard, across the street from the University's botanical gardens, where students often went to study. Virginia was found with multiple stab wounds and signs of sexual assault. She was 19 years old at the time of her death.
Pamela Murray February 14, 1987 - Pamela M. Murray was last seen at the Asheville Mall on Tunnel Road. Detectives believe that she was kidnapped from the mall, transported in her boyfriend's vehicle (which was the vehicle she drove to the mall) and shot on Azalea Road. The vehicle was later returned to the mall parking lot. Pamela was 23 years old at the time of her death.
Oliver Edwards January 23, 1989 - Oliver Edwards was found in his apartment located at 77 Central Avenue with multiple stab wounds. Detectives believe that a struggle occurred inside the apartment before Oliver died. Oliver was 28 years old at the time of his death.
Amber Lundgren June 7, 1997 - Amber Lundgren was last seen leaving BarCode (81 Broadway Street) around 3:00 a.m. Later that morning Amber was found off Azalea Road with a single stab wound in her neck. She was 20 years old at the time of her death.
Kelly Lane Smith July 31, 2006 - Kelly Lane Smith was last seen on Saturday, July 29th in downtown Asheville. On the morning of July 31st workers from Highland Clays were on their lunch break and reported skeletal remains in the French Broad River, behind 600 Riverside Drive. Additional skeletal remains were located a week later in the storm drain at the intersection of Roberts Street and West Haywood Street. Kelly was 35 years old at the time of her death.
Missing Persons
James Edward Laws James Edward Laws (8/17/1959) was last seen in November of 1980. At the time of his disappearance he was residing at the trailer park behind the Hot Spot on Sweeten Creek Road and working at the Beefeaters restaurant on Hendersonville Road. James was last seen in the Hendersonville Road area, and shortly after his disappearance his vehicle was located at a hotel near Oteen. James is a while male, six feet tall and approximately 140 pounds.
walter wilson Walter Joseph Wilson (7/21/1957) was last seen by his sister in March or April of 2009. Walter had been staying with his sister at her home located at 28 Wilmington Road in Asheville. While she was in the hospital for a few weeks and Walter left a note saying he was going to truck driving school. Wilson was never heard from again.
Terry Lynn Tersak The family of Terry Lynn Tersak (4/8/1976) last heard from her sometime in June of 2009. Terry's brother reported her missing on May 24, 2011. 
April Michele Pickens
April Michele Pickens (5/8/1982) was last seen on December 27, 2011 at 1 Cordova Street, Apartment 39D. Family and friends have not heard from April since she left that evening.
Alma Edmonds Octetree Alma Edmonds Octetree (4/11/1957) was reported missing on May 30, 2014. Alma was last seen in the downtown Asheville area sometime in the summer of 2012. Alma was homeless and had camped near the Chunns Cove Road areas, as well as near Town Mountain Road. She is a while female, 5'1" tall and approximately 110 pounds.
Regina Gail Hendrix Regenia Gail Hendrix (3/4/1963) was reported missing on September 22, 2014. Regenia was last seen on April 3, 2014 at a pawn shop in downtown Asheville, where she met her brother. She was last known to be staying at the Bartlett Arms Apartments with an acquaintance. She was also known to live in Woodfin. Regenia is a while female, 5'8" tall and approximately 140 pounds.