Cold Case Homicide Unit

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Virginia Beach Police Department’s Cold Case Homicide Unit (CCHU) is staffed with two full-time Detectives and two part-time investigators. They will be assisted by a team of Cold Case Volunteers who are periodically called upon to review unsolved homicide cases.
 
The purpose of this site is to solicit information leading to an arrest and conviction of those responsible for these crimes. It is the belief of the Virginia Beach Police Department and the victims' families that there are people, other than the killers, who have relevant information that will assist law enforcement in clearing these murders.
 
If you have information on any of these unsolved homicide cases, you are asked to contact CCHU using one of the following methods:
  • Fill out the tip sheet (gives you the option to remain anonymous), or 
  • Send an email to cchu@vbgov.com, or
  • Call (757) 385-4241.​​
Phone calls and emails to CCHU are anonymous. If you wish to be contacted, please provide a telephone number and/or email address, along with your name.

Individuals can also call the Crime Solvers Tip Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (1-888-562-5887).

 Cold Case by Date

Click on the victim's name in order to view details and photos about the case.​​

​​​​​Name of Victim​ Date Location
Ronald Eugene Keith January 1970 Field Across from Plaza Middle School
Baby Jane Doe 1 April 1970 Water's Edge At Sandbridge Beach 
Lynn Seethaler & Janice Pietropola June 1973  Motel Cottage At Oceanfront 
Beverly Christensen June 1974  2500 Block of Arctic Avenue
Marshall Hamilton January 1975 800 Block of Shurney Lane
Joseph J. Kelly May 1975 200 Block of 10th Street 
Jane Doe May 1976  Floating in Chesapeake Bay 
Frank Carl Pepper March 1978  3700 Block of South Plaza Trail 
Alice Margaret Eskew September 1979 Wooded Area of Seashore State Park 
Brenda Joi Bancroft December 1979 500 Block of Spring Lake Crescent
Patsy Bray Cowan October 1980 4400 Block Smokey Lake Drive 
William Davis February 1981 2700 Block of Salem Road 
Frederick Wells, Sr. March 1982 200 Block of Green Spring Court
Hazel Williams April 1983 800 Block of Virginia Beach Boulevard 
Joan Zwingman & Christine Pilczak August 1983 Recovered from Chesapeake Bay 
Lisa Ann Jolley January 1985 5600 Block of Barnaby Court 
Rafaella G. Bryant July 1985 4100 Block First Court Road 
Roberta Walls May 1986 Field Behind Old Donation Elementary School 
Velma Jane Peregory February 1987 3500 Block of Francis Land Court 
James Allen Sutton July 1988 5500 Block of Gower Place 
Anastasia N. Christou July 1988 300 Block of 25 1/2 Street 
Emory Eli Carroll October 1988  3500 Block of Shore Drive 
Autry Church November 1988 Cleveland Street & Pennsylvania Avenue 
Morriel McClain  August 1989 3600 Block of Smokey Chamber Drive 
Annunciacion Lapio Imperial February 1990 900 Block of Kempsville Road 
David Lee Lamb, Jr. August 1990 1100 Block of Hillock Crescent
Karen Ann Wheeler January 1991  700 Block General Booth Boulevard 
Michele Dewitt Pore February 1991 600 Block of Lynnhaven Parkway 
Joseph Anthony Mayhan April 1991 700 Block of Artic Avenue 
Thomas J. Hilton July 1991  1200 Block of Baker Road 
Samuel Baruch October 1991  300 Block of Birchwood Park Drive 
Lee Allen Navarro November 1991  3700 Block of Virginia Beach Boulevard 
Jason B. Walker February 1992 500 Block of Newtown Road 
Reginald Basnight, Jr. July 1992 1200 Block of Glyndon Drive 
Karl Alston  August 1992 1000 Block of Atlantis Drive 
Harleen Singh March 1993 Independence Boulevard & Bonney Road 
Dedric Mason July 1993 3700 Block of Mainsail Court 
Robert A. McFarland April 1994 5800 Block of East Hastings Arch 
Unidentified Human Skeleton April 1995  Creek Near The Owls Creek Golf Course 
Louis Anthony Barone November 1996 100 Block of Castilian Drive 
Baby Jane Doe 2 December 1996  2600 Block of International Parkway 
Joseph Haught April 1997  700 Block of Military Highway 
Rudolph Stewart, Jr. April 1997  5500 Block of Diamond Springs Road 
Roy White March 1999 500 Block of Newtown Road
James L. Dejarnette, Jr. March 2000 1500 Block of New York Avenue 
Carlos Ricardo Thomas July 2001 3800 Block of Old Forge Road 
Zedric D. Daniels November 2001  5600 Block of Greenwich Road 
Andre Heckstall May 2003 600 Block of Newtown Road 
Jonathan Anthony Pelham September 2003 800 Block of Hampstead Court 
Michael Ryan Snapp September 2003 4600 Block of Downeast Court 
Lois Schmidt & Jonathan Vetrano June 2004 1100 Block of Newcombe Road 
Mary Rachel Carson Also Known As 'Shellie' August 2005  3400 Block of Newcastle Road
Shawn Gary John January 2006 Old Virginia Beach Road & Barberton Drive 
Walter J. Zakrzewski October 2006 Virginia Wesleyan College 
Russell Grant Valentine, Jr. April 2007  6000 Block of Wesleyan Drive 
Jesse Terrell Brown December 2007 1300 Block of Thamesford Drive 
Eric Mario Carballo June 2008  500 Block of Southgate Avenue 

 Cold Case by Victim

Click on the victim's name in order to view details and photos about the case.
 
 Name of Victim​  Date Location 
Karl Alston August 1992 1000 Block of Atlantis Drive
Brenda Joi Bancroft December 1979  500 Block of Spring Lake Crescent
Louis Anthony Barone November 1996 100 Block of Castilian Drive
Samuel Baruch October 1991  300 Block of Birchwood Park Drive
Reginald Basnight, Jr. July 1992  1200 Block of Glyndon Drive
Jesse Terrell Brown  December 2007  1300 Block of Thamesford Drive
Rafaella G. Bryant July 1985  4100 Block of First Colonial Road
Eric Mario Carballo  June 2008  500 Block of Southgate Avenue
Emory Eli Carroll October 1988  3500 Block of Shore Drive
Mary Rachel Carson Also Known As 'Shellie' August 2005  3400 Block of Newcastle Road
Beverly Christensen June 1974  2500 Block of Artic Avenue
Anastasia N. Christou July 1988  300 Block of 25 1/2 Street
Autry Church November 1998 Cleveland Street & Pennsylvania Avenue
Patsy Bray Cowan October 1980  4400 Block Smokey Lake Drive
Zedric D. Daniels November 2001 5600 Block of Greenwich Road
William Davis   February 1981  2700 Block of Salem Road
James L. Dejarnette, Jr. March 2000  1500 Block of New York Avenue
Baby Jane Doe 1 April 1970 Water's Edge at Sandbridge Beach
Baby Jane Doe 2 December 1996  2600 Block of International Parkway
Jane Doe May 1976  Floating in Chesapeake Bay
Alice Margaret Eskew September 1979  Wooded Area of Seashore State Park
Marshall Hamilton January 1975 800 Block of Shurney Lane
Joseph Haught April 1997  700 Block of Military Highway
Andre Heckstall May 2003  600 Block of Newtown Road
Thomas J. Hilton July 1991  1200 Block of Baker Road
Annunciacion Lapio Imperial February 1990  900 Block of Kempsville Road
Shawn Gray John January 2006  Old Virginia Beach Road & Barberton Drive
Lisa Ann Jolley January 2005  5600 Block of Barnaby Court
Ronald Eugene Keith January 1970  Field Across from Plaza Middle School
Joseph J. Kelly May 1975  200 Block of 10th Street
David Lee Lamb, Jr. August 1990  1100 Block of Hillock Crescent
Dedric Mason July 1993  3700 Block of Mainstall Court
Joseph Anthony Mayhan April 1991  700 Block of Artic Avenue
Morriel McClain August 1989  3600 Block of Smokey Chamber Drive
Robert A. McFarland April 1994  5800 Block of East Hastings Arch
Lee Allen Navarro November 1991  3700 Block of Virginia Beach Boulevard
Jonathan Anthony Pelham September 2003  800 Block of Hampstead Court
Frank Carl Pepper March 1978  3700 Block of South Plaza Trail
Velma Jane Peregory February 1987  3500 Block of Francis Land Court
Janice Pietropola June 1973 Motel Cottage At Oceanfront
Christine Pilczak August 1983 Recovered from Chesapeake Bay
Michele Dewitt Pore    February 1991  600 Block of Lynnhaven Parkway
Lois Schmidt June 2004  1100 Block of Newcombe Road
Lynn Seethaler June 1973  Motel Cottage at Oceanfront
Harleen Singh March 1993  Independence Boulevard & Bonney Road
Michael Ryan Snapp September 2003  4600 Block of Downeast Court
Rudolph Stewart, Jr. April 1997  5500 Block of Diamond Springs Road
James Allen Sutton July 1988  5500 Block of Gower Place 
Carlos Ricardo Thomas July 2001  3800 Block of Old Forge Road
Unidentified Human Skeleton April 1995  Creek Near The Owls Creek Golf Course
Russel Grant Valentine, Jr. April 2007  6000 Block of Wesleyan Drive
Jonathon Vetrano June 2004 1100 Block of Newcombe Road
Jason B. Walker February 1992  500 Block of Newtown Road
Roberta Walls May 1986  Field Behind Old Donation Elementary School
Frederick Wells, Sr. March 1982  200 Block of Green Spring Court
Karen Ann Wheeler January 1991  700 Block of General Booth Boulevard
Roy White March 1999  500 Block of Newtown Road
Hazel Williams April 1983  800 Block of Virginia Beach Boulevard
Walter J. Zakrzewski October 2006  Virginia Wesleyan College
Joan Zwingman  August 1983  Recovered from Chesapeake Bay

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