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Ad Placed to Find Murderer

Posted October 20, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— It's been almost two months and there are still no arrests in the murder of a Harnett County man.

Now, friends of the victim are asking for help by way of newspaper ads.

In August, 45-year-old Jesse Noble's life came to an end. He was stabbed and beaten to death in his home.

Noble was a cashier at P.J.'s Community Grocery and Grill, where he was well-liked by the regular customers. They said he sometimes loaned them money to cover their purchases when they came up short at the register, and joked with them as well.

His body was found in his Rt. 3 home by a co-worker, who became suspicious when Noble did not show up for his routine 5 a.m. shift. Police said Noble was found with a head injury and stab wounds. There had been no sign of forced entry.

The murder left his friends grappling for answers, especially to the question of who did it. One lifelong friend, who does not wish to be identified, said she was horrified that someone would do this to a person she characterizes as "a nice guy."

Because police had few leads to go on, Noble's friends decided to get involved. They took out an ad that has a reply section attached to it. The ad urges anyone who knows who killed Noble to print the name on the form and to mail it to the address that's listed. Noble's friend said she hopes for a response.

The ads ran last week and will run again this week in both the Angier Independent and the Southside Shopper.

Noble's friends hope their efforts will lead to something that can help officers find the person or persons responsible. They said they are looking for justice for a brutal act.