‘She loved Us, And We Loved Her’: 71-Year-Old Man Identified As Suspect In 1992 North Carolina Cold Case Murder

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Source: Hancock County Sheriff’s Office; MEGA

Apr. 8 2022, Published 12:20 p.m. ET

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A man is accused of killing a woman in North Carolina and dumping her body on the side of an interstate nearly three decades ago.

The Surry County Sheriff’s Office recently announced investigators used DNA to identify a suspect, Warren Luther Alexander, 71, in Diamondhead, Mississippi, and arrest him last month in connection to the 1992 cold case murder of Nona Stamey Cobb, the Winston-Salem Journal reported.

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Cobb’s body was found along Interstate 77 in Surry County on July 7, 1992, and an autopsy determined she was strangled to death.

According to investigators, 29-year-old Cobb was last seen alive the previous evening as she got into a truck at a welcome center in Cleveland County.

In 1995, police tracked down their most promising lead in the case and tested the DNA of Asheboro-based trucker Sean Patrick Goble. His profile was not a match with that of forensic evidence collected from the victim’s body, but Goble was found guilty and given multiple life sentences for slaying three women in unrelated cases.

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Cobb's murder case then went cold until April 2021, when the State Bureau of Investigation’s Cold Case Investigation Unit and detectives from the Surry County Sheriff’s Office took a fresh look at evidence.

According to the sheriff’s office, investigators were able to identify Alexander as a suspect using DNA.

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He was extradited from Mississippi and is being held without bond in the Surry County jail.

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In a 1992 interview with the Journal, Vickie S. Gregory noted her sister was battling a drug problem when she vanished.

“She loved us, and we loved her,” Gregory said of the widowed mother of a then-3-year-old boy. “Just because you do something wrong doesn’t mean you stop loving her.”

cold case arrest
Source: Hancock County Sheriff’s Office; MEGA

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