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ROCKY MOUNT — Residents are responding to Team Cold Case’s presence.
Just months after organizing to assist authorities with publicizing unsolved homicide cases, the group of citizens and media partners is paying out its first reward.
A tipster provided information to Team Cold Case via local blog Fighting Crime and Who’s Wanted on the homicide of Ronaldo Wesson that occurred Oct. 25 on the 4200 block of Carroll Avenue in Rocky Mount.
Initially, the case was considered an aggravated assault; however, a hospitalized Wesson died from his injuries the following day. Within hours of Wesson’s death, Team Cold Case forwarded a tip to police with information about the crime, said Capt. James Staten of the Rocky Mount Police Department.
Police charged Cameron Fox with first-degree murder just hours after investigating the tip.
Staton credits the tip as being a big piece of the detectives’ investigation.
The anonymous tipster will receive a significant cash reward as voted on by the group’s board.
Team Cold Case is principally focused on open cases that have never been solved. Current cases that are missing essential elements are called “Hot ‘n’ Now” and are briefly announced to aid investigators before the trail gets too cold.
TCC Chairman retired Gen. Arnold Gordon-Bray said the group’s mission is to assist law enforcement in promoting the rule of law, which requires public participation in keeping communities secure.
“My personal congratulations to this citizen for stepping up,” Gordon-Bray said. “We hope Team Cold Case continues to be another step in the Rocky Mount corridor’s path to improved rule of law.”
TCC organized in July. Fighting Crime News and Who’s Wanted, a local crime blog, has been in operation since 2012.
Anyone interested in making a donation to Team Cold Case can contact Sandra Smith at 252-908-7175.
Team Cold Case is receiving tips about unsolved murders and missing person cases at 252-406-6736 or email@example.com. All tipster information remains anonymous.
Editor’s note: The Enterprise’s Lindell J. Kay co-hosts a weekly program on WHIG-TV that provides information on local unsolved murders as part of Team Cold Case.