New information revealed in cold case murder

By Nicole Bell - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

GOOCHLAND, VA (WWBT) – New information in the unsolved murder of a Goochland County realtor.

Tomorrow marks seven years since Joan Weigelhofer was found shot to death in her real estate office, "Busy Bee Realty Company" on Route 250. Investigators are looking for that one tip that'll help crack this case wide open.

The crime happened August 14, 2003. Investigators are hoping the release of three details, never before made public, will help lead to an arrest.

"At this time we have evidence to believe she probably knew her attacker because there was no sign of forced entry to get into the realty office," said Corinne Geller, Spokesperson with VA State Police.

Police say Weigelhofer was by herself in the office moments before the attack. They say it would have been out of character for her to let a stranger in the office when she was alone.

Weigelhofer's co-workers last saw her alive at work around 3 o'clock that afternoon. Her body was found a short time later -- around six o'clock.

"We're sure there are other folks who haven't come forward with information that could be important to this case," said Special Agent T.C. Collins.

Another new detail is the type of weapon used in the crime.

"We also know her attacker used a .40 caliber handgun to shoot and kill her," said Geller.

Police say a passerby reported seeing a late-model, dark colored green or black SUV parked in front of the real estate office around the time of the crime.

Weigelhofer's family describes her as a wonderful and giving person who always put others before herself. Loved ones are looking for answers. Police say no tip is too small.

If you have any information on this case contact Virginia State Police at (804) 553-3445.

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