Multiple local and state law enforcement organizations provide statistics and reports regarding the number of murders in North Carolina by year, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The FBI produces and publishes a yearly Uniform Crime Report which details the types of crimes and rate of crimes in most cities and counties in each state in the U.S. Shockingly, there were approximately 29,566 murders in North Carolina between 1980 and 2019, according to Project: Cold Case’s unsolved homicides statistics webpage. In addition, the source states that roughly 24,311 of those homicides have been solved as time passed, most likely due to advancements in DNA technology and improvements to law enforcement and forensic protocols. Unfortunately, there are still around 5,255 homicides which remain unsolved in North Carolina today.
Some examples of the many murders in northern North Carolina that remain unsolved include the 1989 murder of Cynthia “Cindy” Kirk, the 1998 abduction and murder of Brittany Locklear, the 1990 murder of Emma Mae Terry, and the 1994 murder of Kathi Kennedy, among others. In addition, other cases that can be found within various databases and on many lists include various unsolved central North Carolina murders, which include the 2011 murder of Bessie Vinson, the 1997 murder of Constance Melissa Pender, the 1986 murder of Sandra Grimes, the 2007 murder of Kellie Owens, and the 2005 murder of Gregory Goodson, along with several others.
Another type of case which can be found within cold case databases or lists are unsolved murders in Raleigh, North Carolina. These include the 2017 murder of Jose Melendez, Jr., the 2011 murder of Sandra Denise Thomas, and the 2000 murder of Rhonda Vicks Abram, among others. Lastly, some unsolved murders in Wake County, North Carolina, that you can easily find within the same lists and databases include the 1989 murder of Franklin Anthoine Harrison, the 1994 murder of Beth Ellen Vinson, the 2006 murder of Alfonso Hidalgo, the 2007 murder of Jennifer Nielson, and the 2009 murder of Martha Watkins, among many others.