Cold Case Files
Chesterfield Police Ask for YOUR help in Solving Cold Case Homicides
If you know anything about these unsolved murders, Chesterfield police ask you to call Criminal Investigations at 748-1268 or call Crime Solvers anonymously at 748-0660.
1974: Nine-year-old Christine Wright was found dead in a creek in Dinwiddie County after disappearing from her apartment on Chestertowne Road.
May 19, 1979: 41-year-old Linwood Heiskell, was found shot to death in his apartment at the old Park Lee Gardens. About 12 shots were fired in the room and four of them that struck the victim in the back, face, head and forearm. The victim may have been dead for up to a week before being found.
November 10, 1980: 18-year-old Ricky Sinsel was found by train engineers on the side of the railroad tracks just off Bellwood Road. Sinsel was naked except for shoes and socks. His clothes were in a pile next to him. Sinsel was shot once in the buttocks and once in the back of the head with a 32-caliber weapon.
June, 1981: 32-year-old Donna Dobbs was found murdered in her residence on Old Gun Road.
July 15, 1981: 25-year-old Brian Vaughan of Roanoke, Virginia, was found dead in the ditch on Elko Road just off Woodpecker Road. Vaughan was strangled, suffered head and stab wounds. Vaughan worked at the Smithfield Packing Company in Smithfield, Virginia and was not a local resident.
January 25, 1982: 20-year-old Robin Johnson was found off the shoulder of Carver Heights Road, near the landfill. She was partially disrobed and partially buried (about ¾ of the way) in the ground. Snow was then piled on top of her to conceal the rest of her body. Johnson was strangled and beaten.
June 17, 1982: 29-year-old Jesse Barnes of Petersburg, was found stabbed in the chest and naked in a ditch on Kelmarbi Road just off Branders Bridge Road. No clothing was found in the area.
December 20, 1985: a 34-year-old Phillip Morris employee, Fulton King, was found shot in the head several times in his driveway on Autumn Leaf Drive.
January 15,1990: the skeletal remains of 29-year-old Deborah Draughn were found in the woods off the 7500 block of Iron Bridge Road. Draughn was a reported missing person from Richmond, and the medical examiner believed Draughn could have been in the woods for four-six months.
February 10, 1990: 52-year-old Bruce Jones was killed after he responded to an alarm at Plantation Pipeline, across from Southside Speedway on Genito Road.
April 1990: 8-year-old Basil Faruq was found at the landfill after being reported missing from Richmond several days earlier. His brother, Jamal Abdul Faruq, who was also reported missing at the same time, was never found.
September 24, 1991: 36-year-old Vanessa Walker was found murdered on Drexelbrook Road.
July 30, 1992: 43-year-old Stanley Milton was found in a ditch on Martineau Drive, dead from a single gunshot to the back of the head behind the right ear.
February 26, 1995: Manual Jimenez was found murdered in Rockwood Park off Courthouse Road.
November 11, 1996: 36-year-old Charilta Singleton and 25-year-old Cheryl Edwards, were found murdered inside a discount store in Cloverleaf Mall.
March 1, 1999: 46-year-old John “Bobby” Franklin was found in Falling Creek near the Food Lion at 5700 Jefferson Davis Highway.
January 30, 2003: 28-year-old Ruperto Bedoya was shot in the head and killed as he walked outside his apartment on Sloan Court.