Private investigator takes on Strasburg murder-kidnapping cold case

Published: Jun. 2, 2016 at 12:42 PM EDT
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A private investigator has now taken on an almost 18-year unsolved Strasburg murder-kidnapping, releasing new information about a baby and the death of her mother.

In July 1998, Sylena Dalton was stabbed to death in Strasburg and her baby daughter Allyson was kidnapped. Almost 18 years later, the case is still unsolved.

Christopher Borba, a private investigator in Roanoke, has taken on the case, hoping to get new leads and closure for the family.

"We recently developed (and) found out that there was a person that lived underneath the apartment when it happened," Bolba said. (They) heard a noise, whatever it was it was loud enough (that) it caught their attention and the guy looked outside (and) saw a white male placing a baby in the passenger seat of a truck."

That witness is now dead and Virginia State Police say they are not naming suspects. But Sylena's mother says the whole ordeal caused her to leave Strasburg.

"I couldn't go anywhere without a constant reminder, of people asking questions. That was one main reason I left," said Angela Stover, Sylena's mother.

Virginia State Police say they are still investigating leads and have not exonerated Allyson's father Daniel Pompell.

The Virginia State Police issued a statement, which can be found below:

"After eighteen years, special agents of the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation are still investigating leads provided by witnesses and friends regarding the disappearance of then ten (10) week old Allyson Kathleen Dalton and the murder of her mother, Sylena Dalton.

Ms. Dalton was found stabbed to death on July 27, 1998 in her Strasburg, Virginia, residence.

Ms. Dalton and her daughter were last seen alive on the morning of July 27, 1998 by family members.

Allyson’s father, Daniel E. Pompell, told police he went to the apartment on the morning of the murder, knocked on the door, received no answer and left the area. State Police as a matter of policy will not name suspects; however, Mr. Pompell has not been exonerated. Mr. Pompell, as well as others, remain a part of the investigation as police continue to collect information and confer with the Commonwealth’s Attorney and Town of Strasburg Police Department.

Investigators are confident that any new information that can be provided in the case may lead to an arrest.

State Police agents welcome any and all calls from individuals who wish to provide additional information in the case. As always the callers may remain anonymous. You may contact Special Agent D. J. Rose at the State Police, Bureau of Criminal Investigation Culpeper Field Office at 540-829-7400 or 1-888-300-0156 to report information regarding this case."