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Wife Of Slain Rich Square Chief Asks For Public's Help

Posted July 24, 2002

— The widow of a small town police chief is talking for the first time, almost two years to the day her husband was shot and killed.

Joyce White is putting up new ribbons in front of her house. She said she wants people to keep the memory of her slain husband, Rich Square Police Chief Joe White, alive.

"Hugging your pillow at night is not like hugging your husband," she said.

Joyce and her husband were married for 41 years. She keeps a display of his favorite things in the house -- his police whistle, his hat and one of his Bibles. White was killed in July 2000 during a traffic stop. She said she and the family need the killer to be caught.

"You look at everybody and especially young males. Some of them, they look at you and we don't know if they're staring because they're thinking or maybe they're staring because they know something," she said.

The State Bureau of Investigation and local investigators are still looking for the killer, but after two years, they say the investigation is not getting any easier. Deputies said the suspect is described to be a black male, 6 feet tall, 175 pounds. They also said that he was driving a green sport utility vehicle. A reward is still available.

White said she believes someone in Northampton County knows who killed her husband.

"There are people in the area that know something, but they're afraid to tell and you have to get past being afraid. You have to do what's right," White said.

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