Unsolved ’06 Wilmington murder featured on wine bottles

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Allison Foy bottleA national non-profit organization dedicated to assisting in cold case investigations throughout the country has reinvented the unsolved crimes poster.

The unsolved murder of Allison Foy in Wilmington is one of six cases being featured on bottles of wine, according to Sheryl McCollum, director of the Cold Case Research Investigative Institute based in Atlanta, Georgia. Among the six cases are unsolved homicides, kidnappings and domestic violence cases highlighted in this unique, new effort to raise awareness about the victims.

Foy disappeared from the Wilmington area in July 2006. She was 34. According to Detective Lee Odham with the Wilmington Police Department, her body was found April 26, 2008, in woods in the 3500 block of Carolina Beach Road. Another body, that of 42-year-old Angela Nobles Rothen, was found on the same day in “close proximity” to Foy’s skeletal remains, Odham said. Rothen had been reported missing from the New Hanover County area in 2007.

“They were killed in a similar fashion,” Odham said. According to the autopsy reports, Foy died from multiple stab wounds and Rothen died from blunt force trauma to the head and had a fatal cut to the neck.

This unique wine bottle project aims to get the general public to take another look at these cases, McCollum said, adding that the families of the victims featured in the first six cases displayed in the project have all given permission to use family photographs of their loved ones on the bottles. Each wine bottle will have a summary of the case on the back.

“The families deserve answers and right now the public is the key to finding out what happened – somebody saw something, heard something or knows something about these cases,” McCollum said.

While the investigation is ongoing and no one is facing charges in the case, Odham said detectives have a suspect in the two murders. When asked about the uniqueness of the wine bottle project for Foy’s case, Odham said, “Any publicity is good publicity.”

Six unsolved case bottles
The set of six wine bottles featured on BenefitWines.com. With the price of purchase, $6 will go to The Cold Case Investigative Research Institute.

McCollum said purchase of a $19.99 bottle of wine on BenefitWines.com, will send $6 toward the Cold Case Investigative Research Institute and will directly aid in the case featured on the wine bottle. Other cases featured in the set come from other parts of the country, including Oklahoma and West Virginia.

“I knew it would be a great way to get the information out,” McCollum said about the bottles. She hopes the community will purchase the bottle and display it, or that local bars and adult beverage shops will feature the wine bottle in their business to “start the conversation” again among adults in Wilmington.

The Cold Case Investigative Research Institute was founded by McCollum in 2005. McCollum specializes in investigating and writing about high-profile murder cases and has a long career in criminal justice. The institute has more than 5,000 college students working with about 200 experts in criminal justice-related fields nationwide, to aid in student’s education and the advancement of cold case investigations. Students volunteer and receive no class credit or grades for their work in the institute.

McCollum said she anticipates that if the wine bottles get out, they could “find one more person to come forward” with information that may lead to charges in the Foy’s murder case.

To view the wine bottle featuring Allison Foy’s unsolved murder case click here. To view other unsolved cases in the Wilmington area, visit the police department’s website. Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the Wilmington Police Department at 910-343-3609 or Text-A-Tip to CRIMES. Start your message with Tip708, then type your tip.