Police Hoping for New Leads in Tinsley Homicide Case

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Charlottesville police are taking another look at a murder case that's quickly gone cold.

Two years ago this week, Pherbia "Faye" Tinsley was found shot to death. Now, detectives are walking through what they know happened. They're still hoping for new leads to fill in the rest.

At 4 a.m. July 14, 2012, Tinsley left her home, but police say they don’t know why. She got into her car and drove to an apartment complex off Hardy Drive. Police say an hour later she was found shot to death on Prospect Avenue. Investigators are sure someone else was with her, but anything beyond that remains a mystery, leaving Tinsley's family frustrated.

"It's been mighty, mighty slow and terrible and I haven't been too happy with the way it’s been going, but the main thing I do, I put it to her with God,” said Tinsley’s mother, Barbara Paige.

Thursday, investigators retraced the steps of this case. They recanvassed the neighborhoods Tinsley visited that morning and still cannot understand how there are no witnesses.

"I don't think that she traveled to all of those locations without somebody seeing the car, or somebody out there knows why she went to those locations. Somebody's got to have the answers to those questions,” said Sgt. Jim Mooney with the Charlottesville Police Department.

Police say the only eyewitness to the crime is no longer cooperating with them. They say they've questioned his credibility all along.

“I mean the description could be completely fictitious, just made up. It's changed through interviews with the eyewitness, so we've gotten more information, but even with more we haven't got a suspect at this point,” Mooney said.

Paige fears her daughter's kind nature may have made her a target, even by someone she knew. “Maybe she was too about giving away so much stuff you know, and she did help some people, and that was nice, but I think she did a little bit too much," she said.

For now, Tinsley's family can only hope for closure. "If they find him, I would love to talk to that guy myself and ask him why. Because Faye was a lovely person and friendly, and would do anything for anybody and why would they have to shoot her like that?" Paige said.

Police are asking anyone with information on the case to contact Detective W.A. Newberry at the Charlottesville Police Department (434-970-3280) or call Crime Stoppers at 434-977-4000. There is a reward of $5,000 for viable information regarding the case.

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