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NC Wanted: Family searching for answers in Durham women's death

Posted October 3, 2015

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— Kimberly Riggsbee’s death was another blow for a family that had more than its share of tragedy. Her family knows how she died, but they don’t know who is responsible.

Riggsbee was found slumped over the wheel of her pickup truck on the shoulder of Redwood Road in Durham on Oct. 7, 1993.

“The vehicle was still running and evidence at the scene indicated that she, for whatever reason, pulled her vehicle over to the side of the road,” said investigator Tom Mellown.

Riggsbee, a young mother, had been shot several times.

“It may have been somebody she knew that she flagged down,” Mellown said. “She may have stopped to talk to somebody, that’s unclear. Somebody that was standing at the driver’s side window started firing shots at her.”

Investigators say Riggsbee’s cell phone was lying on the seas beside her, suggesting robbery may not have been a motive.

“I think it was personal,” Mellown said. “This was not a random crime.”

Riggsbee had a one-year-old daughter, and was still grieving the death of her husband, Donnie, killed three months before in a motorcycle accident.

“I would dearly love to see that person who did this to my daughter be brought to justice before I die,” said Riggsbee’s mother, Rebecca Walker Joines. “I suffered for 17 years, and I will until the day I breathe my last breath. I just want them to pay for what they’ve done.”

If you have any information about the murder of Kimberly Riggsbee, call the toll free line at 1-866-43-wanted.

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