Six months after a triple homicide left Huntersville and Charlotte-Mecklenburg police searching for answers, the unsolved case might get a boost from a national audience.
On Tuesday, “America's Most Wanted” filmed a re-enactment of the murder of 18-year-old Jasmine Hines, whose body was found Feb. 4 along Howell Ridge Road in Huntersville. Police say her death is related to the deaths of her aunt and her aunt's boyfriend, who were found shot and stabbed in the Charlotte home where Hines lived. That home burned down that day.
Investigators have found more than 100 pieces of evidence and are also searching for a person of interest who was videotaped at a local convenience store.
But no arrests have been made.
“No real productive leads have come up,” said Huntersville Police Capt. Michael Kee. “This national exposure is what we need to help Jasmine get justice.”
Kee said he was not sure whether more than one person was involved or whether anyone involved was from out of town.
“America's Most Wanted” uses viewer tips to help solve crimes; but Angeline Hartmann, a correspondent with the show, said the re-enactment isn't expected to air until September. Hartmann said the “America's Most Wanted” Web site already has posted information about the case.
“Right now, we actually solve more crimes through our Web site than we do on the show,” she said.
Hartmann said “America's Most Wanted” gets hundreds of requests a week to help with cases, but that producers selected the Charlotte and Huntersville case because they felt the show could really affect the investigation.
“There's no question who one of the suspects is, because you can clearly see his face,” said Hartmann. “Our viewers will come forward and help locate him.”
Producers spent most of Tuesday interviewing witnesses at Huntersville's police headquarters before filming the re-enactment at Howell Ridge Road for a couple of hours. Cars crept by the intersection of Howell Ridge and Beatties Ford as police cars and television cameras lined the street.
Kee said he hopes the case can be solved soon.
“We need to bring closure to this,” Kee said. “Sometimes it takes time to bring someone to justice, but we are confident that we can still do that.”