Cold Case: Cleveland man's unsolved murder case to be featured on national show
CLEVELAND, TN (WRCB) -
Stacy Dillon, 22, of Cleveland was killed over 24 years ago. His case soon went cold, until the Cleveland Police Department re-opened it in 2012. On Friday, Dillon's story is being told to a national audience.
In hopes of finally catching Dillon's killer, the case is being featured once again on the TNT show "Cold Justice"
"We feel like we have a clear suspect. We have a person that's more than just a person of interest," said Interim Police Chief Mark Gibson, who is still piecing together the case.
The 22-year-old college student was killed inside his home in March 1991. His mother, Judy, found her only son shot in the head in the hallway of their house off Fulbright Rd. after returning home from a knee surgery.
For years, the police department has asked the public for information. But on Friday night, Dillon's case will have a national audience.
"We just need a few little breaks," Gibson said.
According to Channel 3's archives, Dillon's co-worker was a person of interest. But no one was ever arrested.
"Honestly, I don't think it was given the attention it should've had back when the homicide occurred," said Gibson, who re-opened the case back in 2012.
Since then, investigators have sent evidence to be re-tested at TBI's crime lab and conducted dozens of interviews.
But police need someone to call in with a little more information, so they can finally make an arrest.
"You start getting a personal attachment to the case. The people it involved. The victim," Gibson explained. "Even though I never met (Dillon), you get to know him. You get to know the people around him. It becomes very important."
Gibson hopes to solve the case for Dillon's mother, who has been waiting over two decades for justice for her only son.
"It doesn't matter who he is or what his background is, you want justice to be served. You want what's right to happen."
Police believe the suspect is still in the Bradley County area. Anyone with information is asked to call Cleveland Police at 423-476-1121.
The episode will air on Friday at 8 p.m. EST on the TNT network. Dillon's case was also featured in a Cold Justice episode titled "Smoking Gun", which can be viewed on the TNT network's website.