Crime

There are 23 cold cases in Pascagoula dating back to the 1970s. Do you have a tip?

Pascagoula Police Detective Darren Versiga has digitized about 3,000 pages of the police file about the Sept. 24, 1975 murder of Janie Sanders. He is hoping some new information might come out to allow them to solve the crime.
Pascagoula Police Detective Darren Versiga has digitized about 3,000 pages of the police file about the Sept. 24, 1975 murder of Janie Sanders. He is hoping some new information might come out to allow them to solve the crime. jcfitzhugh@sunherald.com file

Pascagoula police have 23 cold cases involving 24 victims dating back to the mid 1970s.

Here’s a look at each of those cases:

  • Janie Sanders: Sanders, 16, was abducted, raped and murdered on Sept. 24, 1975. She was kidnapped as she was walking home from Colmer Junior High School on the afternoon she went missing. Less than a hour later, an Alabama game warden saw a blue Chevrolet El Camino with a silver camper and large whip CB antenna racing out of an illegal dump site just across the state line off Alabama’s Grand Bay Wilmer Road. The warden went to see what the person had dumped there. What he found was Sander’s body. She had been raped and stabbed to death. Her clothing and books were never found.
  • Clara Turk: Turk was picked up in Pascagoula and found dead in in a lake off Pollock’s Ferry Road in Jackson County on Aug. 19, 1979.
  • Malinda LaPree: Malinda Lapree, 22, disappeared on Sept. 16, 1982. Her boyfriend later reported her missing and on Oct. 4, 1982, a man mowing a cemetery found Lapree’s body. She had been raped and murdered. Police have long suspected that serial killer Samuel Little, who went by the alias Samuel McDowell when he lived in Pascagoula for a short time, was responsible for the killing, though he was never charged in the case. Little has since been convicted of three slayings in California in the 1980s and was later suspected in the homicide here.
  • Charles Marshall: Marshall was determined to be the victim of a homicide when his body was found at Carver Village housing projects in mid 1989. The cause of death has not been released.
  • William Culp: Culp was determined to be the victim when his body was found in 1989. Little more about the homicide has been released, including the location and cause of Culp’s death.
  • Jerrell Wells: Wells was the victim of a homicide in 1989 at the Sandpiper Lounge. Other details about the case have not been released.
  • Barry Thompson: Thompson was shot to death on May 21, 1991, at Eden Manor Apartments in Pascagoula.
  • Clayton Chambers: Chambers was found stabbed to death on Vegas Street in 1991.
  • Mark Burgess: Burgess was found dead of blunt force trauma on Industrial Road May 5, 1991. Authorities believe Burgess died of injuries he sustained after a car struck him.
  • Alfred Adams: Adams was found shot to death on May 23, 1991, on Kenneth Avenue.
  • Andretta Rice: Rice was strangled and beaten to death on Jan. 4, 1992. Her body was found on Cross Street.
  • Derrick Robinson: Derrick Robinson was determined to be the victim of a homicide on Jan. 27, 1992.
  • Tuan Tran and Van Truong: Tran and Trong were the victims of a double homicide at China Star restaurant on Oct. 13, 1993. Both of the victims had been shot to death and police have long suspected they may have been the victims of a hit.
  • Charles Ray Ford: Ford was found dead at his home on Darryl Street on Dec. 19, 1993. An autopsy showed he died of blunt force trauma to the body.
  • Sandra “Red” Riley: Riley was found dead at her home on Durden Street in the Haywood housing complex Aug. 16, 1995., An autopsy determined she died of blunt force trauma.
  • Kathy Cousins: Cousins had been strangled to death when her body was discovered at her home Kenneth Avenue on Nov. 17, 1998.
  • Horace Jones: Jones was found dead in his home on Nov. 24, 2000. An autopsy determined he died of blunt force trauma to the body.
  • Lamont Ashford: Ashford was shot to death at his home on Palmer Street on Old Mobile Highway on March 18, 2005.
  • Floliberto Perez: Perez was shot in the head in his home at Greywood Glenn Apartments on May 5, 2007. He died as of the gunshot wound several years later.
  • Amanda Griffin: Griffin was shot to death in the woods between Nathanhale Avenue and the railroad tracks on Thanksgiving Day 2010.
  • Michelle Thawley Clark: Clark was found dead in a ditch on Melton Avenue on April 1, 2012. She died of blunt force trauma to the body.
  • Ronald Reed Duck: Duck, a Navy sailor, vanished from Naval Station Pascagoula on Feb. 14, 1995. He has since been declared dead and is believed to be the victim of a homicide.

Margaret Baker: 228-896-0538, @Margar45

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