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Fayetteville Crime Task Force Plans To Reopen Old Cases In Hopes Of New Leads

Posted May 16, 2000

— Detectives in Cumberland County are hoping to finally solve some old cases. They are looking back into the past for new leads.

Five months after her granddaughter's death, Nina Wade is still mourning. Amanda Bagley's killer is still on the loose. A new police task force may change that.

"It's so hurtful because she was my baby," Wade says. "I feel like things are going to start opening up now."

Detectives with the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office, Fayetteville Police Department and theState Bureau of Investigationare pooling their resources on 12 unsolved cases, some of which go back to 1987.

Along with sharing their expertise, investigators are hoping new technology will lead to suspects.

"[In] some cases there was DNA, but it was not submitted at the time simply because there was different procedures than today," says SBI Agent Neil Godfrey.

Many of the cases involve prostitutes. Other cases, like theBaby Michael case, are also getting a closer look. The newborn baby boy was found dead last year on the side of Canady Pond Road in the Grays Creek community.

"If that's what it takes, they need to bring in three more agencies to catch these people," says resident Travis Penny.

Investigating old murders becomes more difficult with every passing day. For the victims' families, it is another day without justice.

"We still care. The community still cares. The agencies still care," says interim Fayetteville Police Chief Phillip Cannady. "We aren't going to be satisfied ourselves until we have solved these cases."

If the task force finds strong similarities in the prostitute murders, theFBIcould be called in to help profile a suspect.

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