Crime NC investigator sought evidence in 1967's 'Lost Colony Murder.' Here's what he found.

21:30  08 july  2018
21:30  08 july  2018 Source:   msn.com

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here last Sunday, the State Bureau of Investigation assigned cold-case investigator Tony I hope this veteran SBI investigator can finally crack the 1967 case and bring closure to Brenda’ s highest- profile murder case, that of Brenda, the beloved 19-year-old makeup supervisor at The Lost Colony

" Lost Colony " redirects here . The colony was founded by Sir Walter Raleigh. The colonists disappeared during the Anglo-Spanish War, three years after the last shipment of supplies from England.

Brenda Joyce Holland in 1965 © News & Observer Brenda Joyce Holland in 1965 The N.C. State Bureau of Investigation has hit a dead end in its search for DNA evidence in the July 1967 "Lost Colony Murder."

Tony Cummings, a cold-case detective working for the SBI in Eastern North Carolina, said in the spring he would be reaching out to the agencies that had investigated the strangling death of Brenda Joyce Holland, a college student from Canton who was working as a makeup artist for the 1967 run of the famous outdoor drama in Manteo when she was killed.

The state was prompted to give the case another look when journalist John Railey wrote a series of articles about the murder.

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An NC SBI cold case investigator will look for DNA evidence in 1967 ' s " Lost Colony Murder ," in which an employee of the long-running outdoor drama was found dead. N . C .' s ' Lost Colony Murder ' case could be reopened, SBI says. By Martha Quillin.

Ted Kennedy drove his car off that bridge on the New England coast in July 1969, I kept thinking about another young woman, one who was found strangled to death in Outer Banks waters two years earlier, in July 1967 . NC ' s ' Lost Colony Murder ' case could be reopened, SBI says.

Cummings said in April that with advances in DNA technology, it could be worthwhile to see if there was still physical evidence in the case and if so, whether any of it would be suitable for testing.

Cummings said Thursday he could not comment on what he had been able to find, and Patty McQuillan, spokeswoman for the SBI, would not say specifically whether evidence remains in the case. She released a statement from the agency, however, suggesting the search had been unsuccessful.

"While the SBI makes every effort to solve each homicide case when their assistance is requested by other law enforcement agencies, some cases remain unsolved for various reasons. The SBI has been revisiting some older, unsolved cases to see if potential DNA evidence is present that could be analyzed with today's technology. However, some of these cases may be 30 to 50 years old and most, if not all of the physical evidence has long been destroyed and the case files may have been purged, causing an insurmountable problem and not leaving much for law enforcement to go on with respect to solving cases."

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Townspeople suspected dentist in Lost Colony murder . But most of all, they talked a about a time back in the summer of 1967 when some said he may have slain a woman. Brenda’ s strangled body had been found in the Albemarle Sound in July 1967 .

NC ' s ' Lost Colony Murder ' case could be reopened, SBI says. While the SBI has not ruled out the dentist, evidence to charge him never materialized; he also apparently passed a polygraph test.

According to a 1997 story in the News & Observer, records indicate that police suspected Holland's murder was a case of mistaken identity. Speculation was that a local dentist, Dr. Linus Edwards, had killed Holland in a drunken rage after having a late-night fight with his then-wife.

Edwards' wife had left the house, and investigators speculated that Edwards went out looking for her, spotted Holland walking home from a date and attacked her, thinking she was his spouse.

Edwards' former wife said later that he told her several times after the murder that he had killed the young woman. In 1971, Edwards killed himself, leaving no explanation.

Surviving relatives of Holland's have said that conclusive evidence that Edwards had committed the murder would bring relief to the family.

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