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4 My Sister: Families unite to solve cold case murders

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - More than 30 years after the deaths of three ArkLaMiss women, their families are still searching for who killed their loved ones.

For three consecutive years starting in 1980, three women were killed in Ouachita Parish.

On August 1, 1980, Angie Hill, 27, didn't show up for work one morning in the Lakeshore area.

"Whoever abducted her did what they did, and they left her on Richwood Road Number 2," says Dorothy Hill, Angie's sister, "The next 34 years were spent... You can't through 35 years of not knowing."

It's been 34 years of silence in the case, no evidence, no leads, no arrests, no convictions.

Eight months after Angie's murder, tragedy struck another family. On April 4, 1981, Kathy Whorton was killed.

"She was killed, pretty close to the university (ULM), that's where her car was hit from behind," says Debbie Wilson, Kathy's sister, "The person took her to another location out on McGuire Ranch Road and that's where she was raped and killed."

Although no conviction has been made, DNA evidence points to Anthony Wilson as the suspect. Wilson is serving a life sentence as a habitual offender after more than 40 burglaries. Though no jury has found Wilson guilty, Kathy Whorton's sisters have.

"In our minds, there is just no other way to explain a way that his DNA evidence is at the crime scene with my sister," says Wilson.

Less than a year after Whorton's murder, another girl, Sherry Alford, was found on February 1, 1982.

"She was followed and shot, someone pulled up next to her and shot her through the window," says Tammy Alford, Sherry's sister, "Then she drove about a mile longer, and they cut her off and shot her."

Another murder, another question without an answer.

When Dorothy Hill learned of the second victim, she wrote the Whorton family a letter. Years later, without knowing who she was, Debbie Wilson shared a hospital room with the letter's author.

They ran into each other again at a school, then again and again, and one day, Dorothy Hill introduced herself, and was reminded of that letter.

The two, plus Debbie's sister Amy, all met Tammy Alford this year.

"Tammy created the Facebook thing, and on March 22 we had a meeting and all sisters, of all the girls. Sisters of the heart," says Dorothy.

These four women all have missions to solve their own sister's murder. A connection between the three cases hasn't been ruled out by these women, or by police who are still investigating these cold cases.

"The serial killers Henry Lee Lucas and Ottis Toole were confessing to a lot of murders back then I still have an open mind about that," says Tammy Alford.

"We're unfortunate enough to have probable three crimes committed by these two characters," says Former Sheriff Laymon Godwin in 1984.

In the 80s, Lucas and Toole confessed to killing more than 100 people, most there's no evidence of, most they were never convicted of.

"I want them to have answers, and you can never have closure, because you don't have closure when you lose a loved one, but I want Tammy and Dot to be able to say, this person is behind bars who killed my sister," says Debbie Wilson.

"So we are really reaching out to the public... anybody that knows anything even if it's just some itty bitty thing. It may be the very thing we need," says Dorothy Hill.

The very thing to help solve these cold cases. The very bit of evidence to ease the pain.

"One day at a time, and keep believing there will be justice," Dorothy reads from her 1981 letter to the Whorton family.

 
Monroe Police and the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office say the cases, though cold, are open and active. After posting Sherry Alford's story on their website, sheriff's deputies have received new tips that they are following.

The four women have set up Facebook pages in honor of their sisters: ASK for Justice and Justice for Sherry Alford and Angie Hill. Debbie Wilson wrote a book about her sister's murder, "Sweet Scent of Justice" is available on Amazon.

If you have any information about these murders, even the smallest tip could be the turning point in their cases. Please contact Ouachita Parish investigators at 318-324-2663 or 318-324-2658, or Monroe Police at 318-329-2600.


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