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Former homicide detective taking look at Colonial Parkway murders

By Tara Morgan - bio | email

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - The decades-old Colonial Parkway murder investigation is getting a fresh look by a former homicide detective who's had success in solving cold cases.

A Chesterfield couple is among relatives of eight victims who've gone without answers for more than twenty years. Now, a former Milwaukee homicide detective has volunteered to come to Central Virginia to take a crack at the case. A mass search is also planned to look for the remains of two of the victims.

As a renewed effort takes shape to find his sister's killer, William Phelps is flooded with painful memories from when Annamaria disappeared. She invited him on her trip to Virginia Beach.

"She got me all excited. I wanted to go back to the beach and that's the last conversation I remember us having," said William Phelps.

Annamaria and her friend were found murdered near a New Kent County rest stop. One year earlier, Keith Call and Cassandra Hailey vanished on a first date. Their bodies have never been found. Their families and relatives of four other Colonial Parkway murder victims are no longer waiting around for answers.

"I feel like if we could find the killer that would be closure. They could rest in peace," said Jennifer Phelps.

They're bringing in former Milwaukee homicide detective Steve Spingola---known for helping to solve the Milwaukee North Side Strangler mystery.

"These people don't just stop. They're out there somewhere. It'll be interesting to see what theories law enforcement has come up with," said Spingola.

Relatives are organizing volunteers and cadaver dogs for a mass search for the remains of Call and Hailey.

"Twenty years is a long time. I want this person who committed this to be behind bars," said William Phelps.

The families also want the Governor's office to set up a task force to look into their case as well as other unsolved murders in the state. The mass search in the Colonial Parkway killings is planned for June 5. If you'd like to volunteer, sign up at findkeith&cassandra@gmail.com.

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