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SBI Follows New Lead In C.J. Wilkerson Case

Posted February 28, 2000

— There has been a break in the case of C.J. Wilkerson. A tip led SBI agents to the van that was involved in an accident with the suspected kidnapper, Derrick Glover.

A burgundy commercial van rear-ended the 1986 blue Honda CRX Glover was driving while traveling south in the 6300 block of Capital Boulevard in Raleigh at the intersection of Capital Boulevard and Old Wake Forest Road. The owner of the van has requested not to be identified.

Someone who knew the driver of the van contacted the SBI. The driver told SBI agents that he remembers rear-ending the Honda on Jan. 12, the same day investigators say Glover allegedly kidnapped C.J.

The driver says C.J. was not visible in the car, but SBI agents hope the new lead will help them eventually find the boy.

"It gives us another time and location where we can put Mr. Glover on the day C.J. disappeared," says Melanie Thomas, SBI investigator. "It's another piece of the puzzle that we can put together if we can put him at certain areas during that time of the day and follow up and pinpoint where we was."

The driver and Glover reached an agreement not to file a police report in the accident.

Anyone who may have witnessed the accident, or who observed the blue Honda CRX in the area or at any time on January 12, is asked to contact the SBI at1-800-334-3000or the Wake Forest Police Department at919-554-6150.

Meanwhile, friends and family of C.J. are not giving up hope. In fact they have organized a new effort to try and find him.

The group organized a "love chain" in front of Brights Funeral Home on South Main Street at 3 p.m. The chain wrapped around the corner and stretched down the street.

Each member of the chain had a picture of C.J. -- they believe the key to bringing him home is to make sure he is not forgotten.

Blue ribbons line the streets of Wake Forest. They are faded and tattered, but they are still a reminder to the community that it has been seven weeks since C.J. disappeared.

"If we don't keep going then people are automatically going to assume that we found C.J., and that is not what we want," says Shannon Cole, C.J.'s aunt.

People of all ages and races were bound together in the "chain" to serve one purpose.

"It's sort of hard because he was my best friend, and I will do everything I can to help find him," says Bradley Stickley, C.J.'s friend.

C.J.'s picture is also posted on dozens of storefront windows.

"They still talk about it everyday. Somebody says something every morning. This morning there were people talking about it in here at breakfast, and right now it seems like everybody doesn't have much hope," says resident Bill Joyner.

Investigators have little to work with since their primary suspect is not cooperating.


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