A 12-Year-Old Homicide Is Reopened

By: Donald Robinson
By: Donald Robinson

"I just know from working with her she was a nice lady," said Linda Thomas a waitress at Weasie's Kitchen in Waynesboro.

Thomas says in the early 1990's she worked with 54-year-old Arvetta June Davis. Thomas says she was not at the diner on the fatal day in July 1991 when Davis did not show up for work, but...

"I just heard Weasie, the former owner of Weasie's Kitchen, was concern about June when she did not show up for work," said Thomas. "So Weasie went to check on her."

"They went to the apartment," said Investigator Robert Luzader of the Waynesboro Police Department. "They were not able to find her, get her to come to the door and they called the Waynesboro Police."

When police arrived at a building on the 200 block of Bayard Avenue and 7th Street, they found Davis in what was once a back apartment building now a garage.

Davis was unconscious and badly beaten. She was transported to the hospital in Waynesboro, that no longer exists, and never regained conscious.

Davis died two months later.

Police will not say if Davis was raped when she was assaulted, but some new evidence and better DNA testing has prompted them to reopen this 12-year-old case.

"As a result of that information we have, " said Investigator Luzader, "we have conducted additional interviews. We have submitted that evidence to our labs in Roanoke. Things have changed a lot since 1991 in the DNA testing process."

Luzader says the police did have several suspects back in 1991 and those same suspects will be looked at again.

Investigator Luzader says anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call him directly at 942-6687. Callers may remain anonymous. There is a reward of $1,000 if your tip leads to an arrest.

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