New evidence released in 10 year old murder

Carol Taylor
Carol Taylor

By Sunni Blevins - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

HANOVER, VA (WWBT) - After ten years, Ashland Police have released never before seen photographs in connection with a cold murder case. These new pictures are bringing new hope that justice will prevail in the murder of 39 year old Carol Taylor.

It was nearly ten years ago when the body of Carol Taylor was discovered in the woods behind the Travel Centers of America Truck Stop in Ashland. Unfortunately her body was so badly decomposed, the coroner could only say she died of a violent homicide.

Our cameras were there ten years ago on a dark night in August when Taylor's body was discovered by someone passing by. NBC 12 followed the story as police had more questions than answers. It looks different here now, but those same questions still remain. Who's responsible for the death of Carol Taylor?

"We've run down numerous leads on this case, unfortunately none of them have been solid so far," said Ashland Police Inv. Matt Hileman.

For the first time, Ashland police are taking another step toward solving this case. Police believe this man, with a dark goatee and tattoos on both arms might be a truck driver who could know something about what happened.

"She was transient. She wasn't in her own vehicle.  She was probably hitch-hiking up here from South Carolina and was probably staying with someone," said Hileman.
Carol was last seen alive on August 19. Her body was found on the 24th. Police believe Carol, who'd just lost her job, was passing through the Ashland area on her way to see her ex-husband. It was a trip she'd never finished, but police say they're far from finished with this investigation.

The FBI is even involved. It's entered this murder into a national database hoping to one day help connect the dots. If you have any information call 412-0600.

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