Allison Foy was murdered in 2006, stabbed 40 times and thrown carelessly into a shallow ditch off of the 3500 block of Carolina Beach Road in Wilmington, North Carolina. To this day, her case, and the case of a woman whose remains found along with Allison’s, has not been solved, despite an overwhelming amount of evidence pointing towards one person.
Lisa Valentino, Allison’s sister, is determined to find justice, no matter how long it takes. It’s been 11 years since her sister, and the other victim, Angela Nobles Rothen, were found together, likely thrown in the ditch by the same person. Yet, the suspect has still not been charged–although strong circumstantial evidence certainly seems to point to one particular person of interest.
Allison was at a pub on July 30, 2006, and when she was ready to leave, she called for a cab. Only a few minutes later, a husky man entered the bar and asked if anyone called a cab. Allison followed the cab driver out and got in his car, although it was odd for a cab to arrive minutes after she called and even stranger that the cabbie walked into the pub, looking for the caller.
“Some other people said they saw her outside crying on the curb, or you know, she was talking to some other girls, but we followed up all those leads and this really seems to be the one,” Valentino said.
It was later determined that Iannone gave his cellphone number out to local bars, restaurants, and pubs and encouraged people to call him if they needed a cab. Was he stalking Allison? Was he waiting for a chance, hoping she could call for a cab? Those answers remain unclear, but one thing that’s clear is that he is the sole person who has not been completely cleared.
Iannone is currently in prison on unrelated charges, serving eight years for possession of a weapon by a felon. Soon, he’ll be out on the streets again. Does the public need to worry? In this episode of Crime Stories, Nancy Grace talks with Valentino, along with special guest, director of the Cold Case Institute in Atlanta, Sheryl McCollum, as they discuss Allison’s case, what happened to her, and why no one has been charged.
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