Unsolved Cases / Public’s Assistance

Anyone with information regarding an unsolved homicide that occurred in Plymouth County, please call 508-894-2584, or email us at: plymouthda.unsolvedhomicide@state.ma.us


Homicide of Virginia Hannon

Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz, Massachusetts State Police and Pembroke Police today announced that they have developed information leading them to a suspect in a previously unsolved 1984 murder case.

On February 13, 1984, 59 year-old Virginia Hannon was found strangled and stabbed to death in her home on West Street in Pembroke. Since the date of her murder, Massachusetts State Police and Pembroke Police worked to solve this case.

Watch the press conference to announce new details here:

Date of Discovery: February 1984
Age: 59
Location: 59 West Street, Pembroke, MA

2021 marks the 37th anniversary of the tragic death of Virginia Hannon. On February 13, 1984, State Police assigned to the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office were contacted by Pembroke Police Department regarding the unattended death of 61 year-old Virginia Hannon inside her home at 59 West Street. The state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled that the manner of the death of Ms. Hannon was strangulation.

Homicide of Ashley Mylette & Linda Schufeldt

Date of Discovery: December 28, 2014
Age: Ashley Mylette- 20 / Linda Schufeldt- 50
Location: Woods behind 251 North Quincy Street, Brockton, MA

Composite Sketch Released of Person of Interest Wanted in Connection with Three Rapes, Two Homicides in Brockton

Parabon Snapshot DNA phenotyping

BROCKTON, MA -State Police Detectives and Brockton Police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a person of interest who has been forensically linked to three violent rapes and two homicides, Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz announced.

Brockton Police have been investigating three violent rapes which occurred in October and November, 2013 and a third which occurred in January, 2014. As part of the investigation, DNA results all came back from each of these rapes positive for the same unidentified individual.

On December 28, 2014, the body of Ashley Mylette and skeletal remains of Linda Schufeldt were discovered together in the woods behind 251 North Quincy Street in Brockton. As part of the investigation, DNA was extracted from one of the women and, after analysis by the State Police Crime Lab, it was determined to be a match with the DNA from the three rape cases.

Recently, DA Cruz contacted Parabon NanoLabs in Virginia to conduct Snapshot DNA phenotyping. Parabon used the DNA sample to predict this person of interest’s physical appearance and develop a computer generated composite sketch. The technology uses the DNA to accurately predict eye, hair and skin color.

Investigators are now asking for the public’s assistance to report any information in these cases or to identify the individual in the sketch. The man is a suspect in the three rape cases and is linked forensically to the death of Ashley Mylett.

“We never forget a victim, no matter how much time goes by,” DA Cruz said. “Massachusetts State Police Detectives in my office, along with Brockton Police have never stopped investigating these cases. We believe there are people that may have information about these crimes and I encourage them to come forward and share what they know with State or Brockton Police.”

Fatal Hit & Run Death of Carl-Evan O. Yancey

Date of Offense: September 28, 2014
Age: 31
Location: Intersection of Belmont and West Streets, Brockton, MA

BROCKTON, MA – Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz announced that State and Brockton Police are seeking the public’s assistance with any information regarding the Sunday, September 28, 2014 hit and run death of Carl-Evan O. Yancey on Belmont Street in Brockton.

Investigators are seeking to speak with the operator of a silver or gray minivan that passed eastbound through the intersection of Belmont Street and West Street (the area of the 7-11 and Shaw’s Supermarket) at approximately 9:22 pm.

It is believed that the operator and occupants, if any, of this vehicle may have information regarding this incident. This vehicle may have sustained damage to the front passenger bumper or wheel well.

Anyone with information on this matter is urged to contact Trooper Joseph Kalil at the State Police Detectives Unit at (508) 947-8087 or  the Brockton Police Detective Unit at (508) 941-0234.