Cold Case Investigations

Unsolved Cases

A cold case is a homicide, suspicious death or missing person case that remains unsolved after being reported to law enforcement and has no viable and unexplored investigative leads. Cases that have not been solved within one year of the date of the offense without viable leads are considered cold.

Collaborative Strategies

The Fuquay-Varina Police Department investigates unsolved suspicious deaths and homicides through collaborative strategies that embrace new technologies, in depth investigations and community policing partnerships. We are committed to solving each suspicious death and homicide and, our personnel will continue to search for new leads to bring closure for the victims and their families.

New Leads

There are new leads to be discovered in these types of cases - all we need is a witness or person with information to come forward and help solve one of these tragedies. Are you that person? Do you have that one piece of information that can assist in solving the case?  Use our tip email to share information to assist in solving cases:

Current Cold Case

Currently, the Fuquay-Varina Police Department has one cold case death investigation. We recognize the importance of solving cold cases and bringing those accountable for those heinous crimes to justice.

As a result, the Fuquay-Varina Police Department encourages all persons that may have information about this unsolved homicide to contact our department as soon as possible. We need your help. Someone knows something.
Sandra Thomas Photograph
Please review the following unsolved homicide case and remember there is a victim and family still waiting for justice.

Cold Case Death Investigation
Case Number 2011-00553
Victim: Sandra Denise Thomas, nickname "Plunk"
Date of Birth: June 25, 1969
Date of Incident: March 29, 2011


On March 29, 2011 at approximately 10:30 a.m., the Fuquay-Varina Police Department responded to the 200 block of Lawrence Street due to a report of a deceased female, later identified as Sandra Denise Thomas.

Sandra was located in a ditch along the side of Lawrence Street near Holland Glen Drive. Sandra had numerous injuries suggesting that a motor vehicle may have been involved in her death. Sandra was last seen alive at 2 a.m. on March 29, 2011 walking alone in the 100 block of N West Street toward W Jones Street.

If you have any information on this case, contact the Fuquay-Varina Police Department at 919-552-3191 or email Corporal Cindy Perna at  You may also submit a tip through There is a $10,000 reward as offered by the NC Office of the Governor for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the death of Sandra Denise Thomas.