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Cumberland County Investigators Search For Killer

Posted July 31, 2003

— Investigators hit the streets Thursday to track down a killer.

After someone gunned down a retired veteran inside his own home a week ago, deputies took an unusual approach to find out who killed Walter Jones.

Chun Jones, Walter Jones' widow, is living in disbelief.

"I feel like he is still with me here," she said.

Last Thursday morning, Walter Jones heard a noise at the back door. When he went to check it out, a burglar shot and killed him.

Detectives are now looking to the public for help. Detectives are stopping cars near the Jones home in the Grays Creek Community and asking questions.

"Have you heard of anyone speculating about who may be involved?" a detective asked a stopped motorist.

The sheriff's office has held these types of roadblocks before and never come up with a lead that helped them solve a case. Still, investigators say, it is worth a try.

"There are documented cases where this works," said Maj. Sam Pennica of the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office.

Two weeks before the shooting, someone broke into the Jones house and stole $2,000.

In both instances, investigators talked to people who worked for Jones, but made no arrests.

Neighbor Steve West doesn't think the crime was random, but still is on edge.

"The fact that when he stepped out, they shot him, they weren't intended on getting picked off," West said. "If I walked out, they could have shot me also."

Chun Jones wishes the intruder would have just run away.

"I want to ask him why, what he did," she said. "I want to know why."

Crimestoppers is offering a reward for information that leads to an arrest in the case.

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