CrimeStoppers: Investigating Walter Cole's Murder - - Jackson, MS

Vicksburg 08/02/08

CrimeStoppers: Investigating Walter Cole's Murder

By David Kenney

It was a tragic end for a man who dedicated his life to fighting crime in the River City.

75-year-old Walter Cole of Vicksburg, found shot in the head on Pittman Road July 23rd. Still no clues in the murder of the former Assistant Chief of Police.

Vicksburg Police Lt. Robert Stewart said, "We're tracing back the events of Mr. Cole's movements from yesterday morning when he was found at approximately 8:15 a.m. We're trying to trace his steps back through the week. We've spoken with some friends he was with Monday, we've spoken with neighbors."

Cole was found sitting inside his Chrysler PT Cruiser, parked on the side of the road along the railroad tracks. An autopsy revealed he died from a gunshot wound to the head. No weapon was found.

"We're looking at robbery as a possible motive due to the fact some of Mr. Cole's jewelry and personal effects he usually had with him were not in the vehicle with him," Stewart added.

It's not just investigators looking for answers. Coles colleagues from his long career in law enforcement are calling for justice.

Former co-worker Walter Beamon said,"When you lose someone like that who served the community like he did it's just you can't replace him so it's a tragedy."

Vicksburg Sheriff Martin Pace said, "Just a real good person, and one of those people in any circumstance he was the calming voice he was able to work with people, and talk to people, good situations and bad."

You could be paid for the clue to crack this case. If you have any information on the murder of Walter Cole, call crime stoppers at 355-tips, that's 355-8477.

You could receive up to a thousand dollars for any information that leads to an arrest in this case and remember at crime stoppers we only want your information, not your name.

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