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Police release photos of cabbie's possible final fare

Posted December 18, 2008 4:39 p.m. EST
Updated December 19, 2008 12:59 p.m. EST

— Raleigh police are trying to identify a woman who may have been the last fare for cab driver Michael Howard Palmer.

Palmer, 59, was shot to death late Monday night in the parking lot of the Quail Ridge Apartments in North Raleigh.

Police believe that Palmer picked up the woman visible in a surveillance photo at the Greyhound Bus station in downtown shortly before 11 p.m. Monday and took her to the apartments.

Investigators want to speak with the woman to help determine what happened when the cab arrived at the apartments at the intersection of Falls of Neuse and Millbrook roads, Sgt. Kevin Carswell said.

Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue said several residents near the crime scene reported hearing "a shot" late Monday.

Police set up a checkpoint at Quail Ridge and Falls of the Neuse roads Thursday night to ask motorists if they have any knowledge of the shooting.

Raleigh police have set up an anonymous tip line for the case at 919-227-6220. Investigators asked that anyone who saw anything suspicious in that area Monday night, or who recognizes the woman in the photo, call the tip line.

Palmer’s daughter, Vonise, said recent efforts by the police to find out what happened to her father mean a lot to the family.

“The person that did this is still out there,” Vonise Palmer said.

Meanwhile, a memorial fund has been set up for Palmer's family. Donations and contributions can be made to The Michael Palmer Fund at any Wachovia Bank in North Carolina.