Identity of a woman in a cold case has been confirmed by JPD


Identity of woman in 1995 cold case investigation has been confirmed and released on Feb. 26, 2019 by JPD.

On December 6th, 1995, a surveyor attempting to locate marking stakes located a complete set of skeletal remains in the wooded area adjacent to Courts Plus on US Highway 17, in Jacksonville, NC. Because of the condition of the body, investigators were unable to determine how long the body had been exposed to the elements and no cause of death could be assessed. The case became part of the Jacksonville Police Department’s Cold Case Investigations for the last 23 years.

For over two decades, JPD Investigators continued to seek the identity of Jane Doe. Due to advances in science and technology, her identity has been determined through a national DNA database for missing persons’ cases. (NAMUS). She has been positively identified through DNA as Randi Stacey Boothe-Wilson.


Ms. Boothe-Wilson spent 13 years as an active duty Marine and was discharged in August of 1994. At that time, she separated from her Marine husband and moved to New York with her three children. She was working and living with family there at the time she was reported missing. Her remains were found here in Jacksonville in early December 1995.

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“We would like to thank the JPD detectives who worked this case over 23 years, seeking resolution, never giving up” said Police Chief Mike Yaniero. The assistance of Naval Criminal Investigative Services, Carolinas Field Office was a key element in moving towards identifying the remains of Ms. Boothe-Wilson. We thank them for their partnership, as well as the support and assistance of the NC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Although she has been positively identified, the investigation is ongoing. “Perhaps there is someone in the Jacksonville or the military community that knew Stacey Boothe-Wilson or have some information about her ties to Jacksonville. Even the smallest bit of information may be of value to the detectives working on this case.” said Chief Yaniero.

Anyone with information about Stacey Boothe-Wilson is asked to contact JPD Detective Bob Garbett at 910-938-6520 or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 for information determined to be of value to law enforcement. Callers to Crime Stoppers are not required to reveal their identities. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES)

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