Dateline will feature Wilmington cold case

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Dateline’ traces Wilmington unsolved murder cases in Friday TV show

 The investigation into the murder of two women whose skeletons were found in the woods near Carolina Beach Road last April will go before a national audience on Friday.

At 10 p.m., NBC’s “Dateline” will take an hour-long look into the killings of Allison Jackson-Foy and Angela Nobles Rothen. The two women disappeared a year apart and their remains were found next to each other.

The case

On April 26, a passerby found two skeletons in a narrow strip of woods not far behind businesses in the 3500 block of Carolina Beach Road. Months after the discovery, DNA testing confirmed investigators’ suspicion that the bones were those of Jackson-Foy, 34, of Wilmington and Nobles Rothen, 42, of New Hanover County – two mothers who went missing in the summers of 2006 and 2007.

Almost a year later, no one has been charged with the killings.

National television

The “Dateline” panel of experts includes a retired homicide detective from the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C.; a prosecutor from Los Angeles; and a Las Vegas crime-scene investigator who was a model for the TV show “CSI.”

Mankiewicz said the panel would help the audience watch “the investigation from the inside” – something that wouldn’t have been possible had Wilmington police not allowed it.

“Dateline” crews traveled to Wilmington numerous times and interviewed anyone involved in the case who would talk on camera.

That included Wilmington police; Marc Benson, a private investigator who has worked on the Jackson-Foy case since soon after her disappearance in 2006; and Iannone.

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