Family Still Hopeful For Arrest After 2 Women’s Remains Found Near Each Other In 2008
“Who knows if there are more bodies out there from a serial killer,” says one victim’s sister.
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Allison Jackson-Foy (left) was never seen again after having drinks with a friend. Two years later, Foy’s remains were discovered near those of a second woman, Angela Rothen. (right)
North Carolina authorities are still trying to piece together the unsolved homicides of two women who were found dead in 2008.
On July 30, 2006, Allison Jackson-Foy, a 34-year-old mother of two, was last seen alive leaving the Junction and Billiards Pub in Wilmington. Two years later, Foy’s remains were discovered near those of a second woman, Angela Rothen, in thick woods several miles from the bar.
Authorities determined the victims were both brutally murdered. Foy had been stabbed repeatedly, while Rothen suffered multiple broken bones in her face and a stab wound to the neck, the Port City Daily reported.
“From serial killers to citizens whose names have come up in the investigation, we, by process of elimination, have eliminated all but one suspect in this case,” Detective Lee Odham told television station WECT in July 2016.
The man was once accused of raping a sex worker 100 yards from where Foy and Rothen’s bodies were found. He allegedly admitted to hiring the woman, but he denied assaulting her or having anything to do with Foy and Rothen’s murders, the Port City Daily reported.
District Attorney Ben David has declined to convene a grand jury in connection to the case, including when a new witness came forward with information in 2016. “If I thought we had enough right now to move forward with this case, we would, but right now we don't,” David said the following year.
The lack of a resolution in the case has frustrated Foy’s sister, Lisa Valentino.
“Remember it was not just my sister left in this ditch. It was also Angela Rothen, and who knows if there are more bodies out there from a serial killer,” Valentino told WECT. “My family and I have nothing to lose, so if I don't start speaking up and pressing for answers, then nothing will be done.”
Still, Valentino said she’s an “optimistic person” and believes someone has information that could crack the case.
“I know the Wilmington Police Department is still running down every lead — and they still get leads,” she said. “I’m still hopeful someone will come forward and say, ‘I was afraid to speak up before, but I’m speaking up now.’”
For more on this tragic story, watch the "She Turns Up Dead" episode on Season 4 of Still A Mystery.