Sun Drop Killer- North Carolina- 2008 Jun 14, 2014 15:52:38 GMT -5
Post by Scumhunter on Jun 14, 2014 15:52:38 GMT -5
(Above photo credit: wbtv.com)
CONCORD, NC (WBTV) -
Leads continue to come in to investigators at the Concord Police Department, but it's been six years since a man walked into the Sun Drop Bottling facility and killed two people during a robbery, and no one has been charged for the crimes.
Concord Police Chief Guy Smith told WBTV that the case is not a cold case, and that every week investigators are going over new leads, or revisiting the leads and evidence they've collected over time.
"This is not a cold case, this is an investigation that currently is going on with some of the same investigators that were in it from day one," Smith told WBTV. "We want to solve this case and we want to solve it soon."
Darrell Noles, who had stopped by the office to pick up an application, and longtime receptionist Donna Barnhardt were shot and killed. The killer walked out of the front door and was picked up by someone away from the plant, according to police.
A reward of $85,000, a feature story on the "America's Most Wanted" television show, even sponsorship of a race car have been used to try and find the killer.
Workers at Sun Drop say that not a day goes by that they don't think about the tragedy that struck six years ago.
"We haven't given up, we're still hanging in there," said John King, the head of Sun Drop in Concord. "We just want you to keep reminding people that there is a reward, and I still think it will be resolved."
Thoughts? The case is in the news again since yesterday was the six-year anniversary of the murders of Donna Barnhardt and Darrell Noles. Unfortunately, article-wise there are not many details but the video in the first link listed (I tried but couldn't embed it) does a good report, and although I couldn't access the full original article (I tried), the brief crime description and killer's physical statistics are listed on the AMW.COM archived link above. My personal feeling is this sounds like a robbery gone wrong. Perhaps when Darrell stopped by to fill out the application is when he startled the robber. He could have panicked because of not expecting him and shot him and then Donna, or perhaps Darrell tried to stop him when he came across the robbery. There also seems to be no reports of witnesses. My feeling is if this case is ever going to be solved, it may be through good police work and ballistics testing, linking the bullets and/or gun believed to be used to other crimes. Six-years is long enough, so hopefully this is the year Donna and Darrell's killer are finally brought to justice.
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