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8 years after woman’s disappearance still no answers in murder

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A woman says she won’t give up searching for her sister’s killer, and she is not alone in her fight.

Allison Jackson Foy went missing eight years ago today. Her body was found two years later. But her sister Lisa Valentino has found keeping cold cases in the spotlight is not easy.

It’s been six years since police found the bodies of Foy and another woman in the woods off Carolina Beach Road, but for their families, the nightmare lives on because police still have not found the women’s killer.

“She was found about 3 1/2 miles from the last place she was seen in a low lying ditch, and there was another set of remains next to her, those of Angela Nobles Rothen,” Valentino said.

Their deaths are among 32 unsolved murders in Wilmington since 1991.

“It was hard to believe. It really was,” Rothen’s father Carlton Nobles said. “It was hard to believe.”

Last year WPD, along with the families of victims involved in cold cases, including Valentino, gathered to ask the community’s help in finding answers. Valentino says police were supposed to hold regular news conferences on cold cases, but WPD spokeswoman Linda Rawley says this monumental task is taking more time than they originally expected.

“How difficult is it to invite the press to the police department, and reach out to families who have a missing loved one in the Wilmington area?” Valentino said.

Rawley says they are still working to make it happen, but Valentino says she is taking matters into her own hands.

“I made a promise a long time ago that I would see this thing through to its end,” Valentino said. “Now whether or not that means that I get to see an arrest ever in her case, I don’t know. I do know that I won’t stop.”

Foy’s mother is asking the community to join her “Pray It Forward” In Memory of Allison Jackson Foy event on Facebook not only to pray for allison and justice in the case, but also to pray for other missing people and their families.


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