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Investigators Search for Clues in Asst. Principal Murder

Posted August 6, 1998

— With the body of a Wake County assistant principal found, the search is on for his killer. Raleigh, Wake and Harnett County investigators are working the case together.

Raleigh police have about 25 detectives trying to bring some closure to Ruebin McNeill's family.

"We would like to see these people caught, and just punishment given because we don't want them to do that to anybody else," says Alda Blue, McNeill's sister.

Raleigh police believe that they are making progress.

"We know a whole lot more now, than we did yesterday," Raleigh Police Capt. Mike Longmire. "The Raleigh Police Department has assumed the primary responsibility for investigating the homicide of Mr. McNeill."

McNeill's body was found Thursday afternoon next to a vacant lot near Meredith College in West Raleigh. Police were back at the crime scene Friday looking for clues they may have missed.

"Darkness came in last night and we kept the crime scene secured and maintained it throughout the evening," Longmire said. "Then, the first thing this morning our selective enforcement team, along with some investigators, went back to thoroughly search that area for any evidence that may be there."

So far, police are not releasing McNeill's cause of death. While the police are hard at work on this case, McNeill's family is focusing on preserving his memory.

"Ruebin was a great guy, he's going to be missed," Blue said. "He was my brother, my father, my friend and he was that to all of us. He was that to people that were not family members.

McNeill's family made an appeal for help in locating his dark green Ford Explorer. The vehicle with license tag EVF-8306, was recovered at Crabtree Valley Mall.

Anyone with information about McNeill's disappearance and death should call the Wake County Sheriff's Department at919-856-6800.

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