Cold case not over for victim’s family, police



ALBANY — One of the effects of unsolved murders is the impact on a surviving family.

Shawn Clay suffers nightmares because someone fatally shot her father, Bobby Lee Clay-Minor, on the 400 block of Alice Avenue in November 2009.

“Sometimes I dream he is coming to kill me, too. Sometimes I dream my father comes back,” Shawn Clay said. “Somebody knows who did it. Somebody knows one thing that leads to another that can bring justice. I couldn’t not speak up if I knew about someone’s murder.”

As in many cold cases, no matter the location, the key to solving Clay-Minor’s murder rests with the Albany community. The Albany Police Department is seeking community help on the case.

“I believe this case can be solved,” said police Cpl. Arthur Tyler. “There were people there when he was shot. They need to call us.”

In another twist to the case, officers believe that Clay-Minor was killed by mistake. The target was another man who looked like the shorter victim, Tyler said.

“They haven’t moved,” Shawn Clay said. “The people who know are still here.”

With her relationship with her father frozen in memories and dreams, Shawn Clay can only hope that other relationships involving those involved in the murder may have changed. When relationships change people tend to remember and come forward.

Richard H. Walton, Utah State University author of the textbook “Cold Case Homicides: Practical Investigative Techniques” said that most cold cases are cleared because the relationships between couples, friends and even family change.

According to Walton, keeping the case in the public mind can help a lot in bringing people to the police. That has been an Albany police focus. The officers involved in cold cases, such as Tyler, won’t give up.

Anyone with additional information should call Crime Stoppers at (229) 436-TIPS (8477) or investigations at (229) 431-3288. The Spanish speaking APD-COP Tip Line is (229) 434-2677.

Crime stoppers is an anonymous tipline. People with information could become eligible for cash rewards.

The police have seven other cold cases they are working on. As police release the information, more stories will be published.