DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. -- New video was released Tuesday that investigators believe is connected to an unsolved murder in Lexington three years ago.
Nancy Harvey was killed in her business, Atlanta Car Company, at 1834 Old U.S. Highway 52 in Lexington on Jan. 25, 2013.
The video shows three people armed with handguns and automatic weapons, wearing tactical vests and face coverings. They were in the back of Atlanta Car Company on Dec. 4, 2012.
The video was captured 52 days before Harvey was killed.
SBI Special Agent in Charge Scott Williams said a neighbor told Harvey in December 2012 she may want to check her video cameras because they thought they saw men walking around her business.
Williams said Harvey checked the tapes, saw the disturbing images of the armed men, and reported it to the sheriff’s office.
Sheriff David Grice said they offered to help increase patrols and security around the business while they investigated. “She was very strong-willed lady and she said no. She thought she didn’t need that extra attention,” Grice explained at a press conference Tuesday.
Seven and a half weeks later, Harvey was killed. Grice was the first officer on the scene that morning after the 52-year-old was found by an employee.
“On the night of her homicide, we have good information that she closed at 7 and possibly returned back to the business a few minutes later,” Grice said. “And encountered some people then.”
Grice and Williams believe the motive was robbery since Harvey dealt with a lot of cash for her car business. They said more than one person was involved in the murder. They are confident the men in this newly released video are connected.
“I would hate to think in our community we have multiple groups parading around with this kind of fire power and wearing tactical vests… I believe it is them,” Williams asserted.
Investigators said they didn’t release the video sooner because it’s taken a while to do forensic analysis on it. In addition, Williams said, they try to hold back some evidence in case a witness or suspect comes forward and investigators can use it to confirm their story.
But after three years and no arrests, they hope releasing the disturbing images encourages someone to come forward.
“[These suspects] know what they did. We know what they did. We know the brutality that was involved. So they’ve got to be thinking about that every day. If not, we’re reminding them,” Grice insisted.
Harvey died of asphyxiation and her legs and hands were tied with zip ties. There was a bag over her head, according to the autopsy report. The report stated the bag had the writing “www.nada.com” on it.
“The inside of the building was drenched in Clorox,” Grice added. They did submit some evidence to the state lab for DNA testing.
Grice also confirmed Tuesday investigators located Harvey’s car on the morning she was found murdered. It was up the street from her business.
On January 22, 2015, the family of Nancy Harvey raised the reward in this case from $10,000 to $100,000 for information leading to the successful prosecution of the person or people responsible.
- SBI: (336) 256-1362
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