Gayle Jackson, 45, was fatally shot on November 26, 2009, Thanksgiving Day, while in the area of the 300 block of South McKinley Street. 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.
ALBANY, Ga., — Time just may be on the side of solving the 26-month-old Gayle Jackson murder case.
Richard H. Walton, Utah State University author of the textbook "Cold Case Homicides: Practical Investigative Techniques" said that most cold cases are cleared because relationships change over time.
Without discounting the DNA, fingerprint and material evidence in homicides, Walton said "changes in marriages, friendships, with drug dealers, people in the neighborhood and others are the way cold cases get solved."
When a relationship changes a witness or anyone who knows something, anything, can decide to come forward, Walton said. DNA, fingerprints and other evidence can degrade in storage, but a change in relationship could trigger a resident to step forward.
Keeping the case in the public mind can help a lot, Walton said. Hoping that will happen, Albany Police Department Cpl. Charlie Roberts pulled a picture of Jackson out of a file.
"Right now this 2009 case is at a total standstill," Roberts said. "The media doesn't run the same case over and over. People don't talk about it as much. If there is a witness, if anyone knows anything, if the offender talked to anyone, we want to know about it."
This much is known according to Roberts: 45-year-old Jackson was found after 5 a.m. Nov. 26, 2009, Thanksgiving Day next to a trash bin near 721 W. Whitney Ave. with a gunshot wound. She died later in the hospital.
Police released a sketch of a man on Dec. 30, 2009 who was a person of interest they wanted to talk to, Roberts said. He was located and police questioned him.
"There was no evidence to support probable cause for his arrest," Roberts said.
Many details remain part of the investigation, but one thing is for certain, Roberts said, somebody knows something and should come forward. No information is too small.
In a murder every tip no matter the source or location is followed by Roberts and the other six members of the robbery-homicide team.
"The people out in the Whitney, McKinley area at that time of morning know something," Roberts said. "They can be anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers."
Crime Stoppers offers rewards that can be as high as $1,000. The Jackson family has offered $1,000 leading to the arrest of Gayle Jackson's killer.
Jackson's niece, Latonya Peterson, loved her aunt and wants the community to find it in their heart to call in with information to help the family heal and bring justice to the killer.
"I want him to have a trial, no plea," Peterson said. "I'm hoping someone will bring him to justice for me and my family."
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 investigating from 2008 on. As police release the information more stories will be published.