New life breathed into unsolved teen's murder

New life breathed into unsolved teen's murder
(SOURCE: WMC Action News 5)
(SOURCE: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A teenager found dead in Frayser field over three decades ago has not been forgotten.

More than 30 years later, her case remains unsolved. However, neighbors are hoping word of her story will finally bring her killer to justice.

For 45 years, Jeanette Parson has lived on Parr Avenue. It's the same street where 18-year-old Wendy Welbourn lived before she was murdered in 1980.

"My kids talked to her. Debbie went to school with her at West Side. Both of them graduated from West Side," Parson said.

The 18-year-old's body was found one mile from her home. It was dumped in a field near a plant on Harvester Lane.

"People just watched their kids better and closer. It's just been a long time," Parson said.

Now, a team of college students from Chatham University of Pennsylvania is bringing light back to the case after 35 years.

The student chapter of American Investigative Society of Cold Cases has posted pictures of the woman and other cold case victims of Facebook. They are asking for anyone to come forward who has information that could help solve this case.

The flier they posted is now being shared across the Bluff City.

"It's horrible and they didn't find out who did it. I wish they could," Parson said.

The case is so old that Memphis Central Records could not find any data dating back to that time in their system.

Detectives must sift through archived records to try and catch her killer, who is still on the run.

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