The Kingsport Police Department is widening the search net in hopes of capturing the city's most wanted and solving some of the area's oldest homicide cases.
A YouTube video featuring twelve of the city's most wanted went live today, Criminal Investigations Division Sgt. Jason Bellamy said. Click here to view "Kingsport's Most Wanted."
The suspects are wanted in connection with a variety of serious crimes including murders, aggravated sex crimes and aggravated robberies. The video will then be updated as the suspects are taken into custody.
In the next few weeks, the department will also broadcast 'cold cases' on Charter Cable Channel 16, courtesy of a partnership with Elixir Media Group, Bellamy added.
Although no air date has been set at this time, the first airing will concern the 1994 beating death of Anne Elizabeth Heath, 67. A Holston Valley Medical Center spokeswoman said Heath worked there 45 years and was known as "Miss Anne."
The neighborhood was shocked to learn Heath's brutally beaten body was found in her apartment on July 28 at 101 Tennessee Street, Apt. C. She was well-known in the community because she walked everywhere, according to an article published in the Times-News the next day.
It was the city's second homicide in less than two months, and occurred just hours before an armed robbery a few miles down the road, according to the article.
Former KPD Dep. Chief Mark Addington expressed concern that someone of "the character of Mrs. Heath" had been a victim of such a crime in Kingsport, which was considered a safe place to live.
"Our biggest problems are drugs, larceny, and burglary," he said. "But if this trend of the past 45 days continues, we're facing an increase in several crimes in Kingsport..." Addington said.
About four years later, former KPD Chief Jim Keesling thought he was close to cracking the case. He told the Times-News that physical evidence found at the scene indicated investigators may have talked to someone who knew more than they were telling about what happened to Heath.
Ten years after Keesling thought he might have something, Heath's killer still eludes police. It's hoped that airing these cold cases might generate new information so that arrests can be made and victims' families, as well as the detectives working the cases, can get some closure, Bellamy said.
The weekly television segments are expected to cover at least three other unsolved murders in addition to Heath's. Each show will be rerun throughout each week and will also feature a few wanted suspects, Bellamy said.
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Anyone with information concerning the city's unsolved homicides or wanted suspects is encouraged to contact the KPD at (423) 229-9300 or (423) 246-9111.