• Cops hope Internet will solve murder of Dunwoody elderly couple

    By: Tony Thomas


    DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -  

    Dunwoody police are hoping the Internet will help them solve their only unsolved murder case in city history.

    Detectives have launched a video on Youtube.com, hoping it brings in clues on the two-year-old double murder case of Roger and Dorothy Abbott.

    Watch the Youtube video here

    The elderly couple was found murdered in their home on July 1, 2010. Their home was set on fire to try and cover up the crime.

    Dunwoody Sgt. Gary Cortellino said his squad hasn't given up on the case. In fact, he said they meet every Wednesday to discuss the facts and try to find new leads. They call the meetings "Abbott Wednesdays."

    "I feel we are close to it, we just need a little push to get us there." Cortellino told Channel 2’s Tony Thomas.

    To help push for clues on the second anniversary of the crime, the detectives put together a six-minute video which highlights the facts of the case and has interviews with police and a member of the Abbott family.

    Investigators said the Abbotts were murdered and then their house set on fire as a cover-up. Firefighters discovered their bodies after responding to the house fire call.

    "The nightmare is not ending, so it's just learning to live with it,” the couple’s daughter Sally Cheek said.

    Cheek is featured in the video pleading for information on her parents’ murders.

    "Just please, help us find and solve this," she said.

    "I think we are just focusing on people of an inner circle. I think it's going to be close to the community. I don't think this is going to be a stranger on stranger incident," Cortellino said.

    Police do want to identify the man a witnessed described seeing near the Abbott home on the morning of the murders. A sketch artist drew the man's description and detectives have handed it out around the area over the past year.

    "I think that face belongs to someone that was there and maybe can tell us what they were doing there," said Cortellino. "It's just like a big puzzle and I think we are just one piece away from it. I think we are that close to it."

    Police continue to offer a $10,000 reward in the case. Anyone with information in this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS.

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