Glover Leads Police to C.J.'s Body in Plea Agreement
Posted May 9, 2000 7:00 a.m. EDT
RALEIGH — The search for a 9-year-old Wake Forest boy missing since January ended Wednesday when Raleigh police found his body.
C.J. Wilkerson's body was found Wednesday morning in a wooded area off of Tryon Road, near South Wilmington Street in Raleigh.
Sources say the Wake County District Attorney Office learned where they could find C.J.'s body several days ago through a plea agreement with suspect Derrick Glover.
Glover had revealed the location in exchange for being able to plead guilty to second-degree murder, thus avoiding a possible death sentence.
Glover, the estranged boyfriend of C.J.'s mother, Tracey Gill, was the last known person to be seen with the boy.
During the time he has been in jail as a suspect in this case, Glover has been uncooperative with police and has not spoken of the case.
"We will review the situation and we will take whatever action seems to be appropriate," said Colon Willoughby, Wake County district attorney.
Glover admitted earlier this week to robbing a convenience store and was sentenced to 19 months in jail.
Sources also confirm that investigators found C.J.'s body in a suitcase. Investigators did not remove the body from the suitcase before sending it to Chapel Hill for an autopsy.
Friends and neighbors traveled to C.J.'s parents' house Wednesday to pay their respects.
"All that work and energy that you put into children, someone can just come and take them from you in the blink of an eye. That's hard," says neighbor Cindy Walters.
A public wake for C.J. Wilkerson will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Feggins-Feggins Chapel on North White Street in Wake Forest. The funeral will be held on 3 p.m. Monday at the Dubois Center on Franklin Street.
Officials at Rolesville Elementary School were saddened about the news.
"From the day that we found out that C.J. was missing, of course, we were very saddened, hoping and praying that eventually he would be found," says Rolesville Elementary Principal Lillian Lee. "We were devastated to hear today of the ending of this situation. It has pulled the community family even closer together and we are just praying that we can get through this."
Teaching assistant Kim Dingus held onto hope that C.J. would return to class.
"C.J. had a sparkle. He would make everyone around him feel energetic and positive," Dingus says. "He brought so much joy to everyone he touched at Rolesville.
Steve Grissom of the Grief Share program helps families deal with grief.
"It's sad that it happens in a place in a place as peaceful and gentle as Wake Forest but that is a part of life," Grissom says. "That is part of the fabric on life, and tragedy unfortunately is all around us.
The time and cause of death are not known yet.