City of Asheville Submitted: March 18, 2021 | Updated: April 2, 2021

[See Editor’s Note](March 2021) Request for number of Unsolved Homicides in Asheville (and Buncombe County) 01/01/60 – Present

Original Subject:
Unsolved Homicides

Original Message:

Asheville Police Department and Buncombe County Register of Deeds:

How many unsolved homicides were there in Buncombe County from January 1, 1960 to the time of query?

Please provide numbers by year.

Thank you.

Entity:
City of Asheville

Start Date / End Date:
January 1, 1960 - March 5, 2021

Editor’s Note: Sunshine Request makes no claim as to the veracity of any statements or information contained in any of the requests, or public records, we receive.

Editor’s Note 03/18/21: We recently received 4 identical submissions requesting the same info (as above). All 3 duplicate requests have been “closed” and merged into one request.

The request(s) have been revised for clarity and what we send to both AVL City Government and Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office will read as follows:

[REQUEST 1]

Subject: (March 2021) Request for number of Unsolved Homicides in Buncombe County, NC 01/01/60 – Present

Message:

Hi Buncombe County, NC Sheriff’s Department (or Register of Deeds),

I’d like to make a public records request for the following information:

Please provide the number of unsolved homicides in Buncombe County, NC from 01/01/1960 to the present (date the query is performed in 2021).

Please provide the numbers broken down by year. Please do not include names, case numbers, or other personally identifying information.

Thank you for your assistance!

[REQUEST 2]

Subject: (March 2021) Request for number of Unsolved Homicides in City of Asheville, NC 01/01/60 – Present

Message:

Hi Asheville City Government (APD), or Register of Deeds,

I’d like to make a public records request for the following information:

Please provide the number of unsolved homicides in the City of Asheville, NC from 01/01/1960 to the present (date the query is performed in 2021).

Please provide the numbers broken down by year. Please do not include names, case numbers, or other personally identifying information.

Thank you for your assistance!


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Status: Sent to Government

Activity:

  • April 2, 2021 4:06 pm

    1 week ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Liz Harper <[email protected]>
    date: Apr 2, 2021, 4:06 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (March 2021) Request for number of Unsolved Homicides in City of Asheville, NC 01/01/60 – Present

     

    Good afternoon Liz,

     

    Thank you for your help with this request! I’ve marked it as completed on our site.

     

    Have a good weekend!


    from: Liz Harper <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    date: Mar 23, 2021, 2:43 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (March 2021) Request for number of Unsolved Homicides in City of Asheville, NC 01/01/60 – Present

     

    Good afternoon Sunshine Request,

     

    The number of unsolved homicides by year is as follows. 1969 is the earlier records APD has for this statistic.
    1969 -1
    1973 – 2
    1976 – 1
    1977 – 1
    1984 – 1
    1987 – 2
    1989 – 1
    1991 – 2
    1993 – 1
    1995 – 1
    1997 – 2
    2002 – 3
    2006 – 1
    2007 – 4
    2011 – 2
    2012 – 2
    2014 – 1
    2015 – 1
    2016 – 2
    2017 – 3
    2018 – 3
    2019 – 3
    2020 – 2

     

    Let me know if you have any questions.
    Best,

     

    Liz Harper (she/her)
    Public Records Officer, City of Asheville
    (828) 259-5631 [email protected]


    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Liz Harper <[email protected]>
    date: Mar 22, 2021, 3:11 PM
    subject: Records Request: (March 2021) Request for number of Unsolved Homicides in City of Asheville, NC 01/01/60 – Present

     

    Good afternoon City of Asheville Government,

     

    I’d like to make a public records request for information that may be available in your office. If you are not the appropriate entity to handle this request, please let me know where to send instead.

     

    Please confirm receipt to let me know the request will begin processing, and if possible, please provide a rough estimate of when the request may be completed. I will plan on following up in early April if I have not heard back before then.

     

    Here are the details of the request:

     

    Subject: (March 2021) Request for number of Unsolved Homicides in City of Asheville, NC 01/01/60 – Present

     

    Message: “Hi Asheville City Government (APD), or Register of Deeds,

     

    I’d like to make a public records request for the following information:

     

    Please provide the number of unsolved homicides in the City of Asheville, NC from 01/01/1960 to the present (date the query is performed in 2021).

     

    Please provide the numbers broken down by year. Please do not include names, case numbers, or other personally identifying information.

     

    Thank you for your assistance!”

     

    Thank you!

     

    **Sunshine Request makes no claim as to the veracity of any statements or information contained in any of the requests, or public records, we receive.


    Status: Completed
  • March 31, 2021 4:40 pm

    1 week ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Aaron Sarver <[email protected]>
    date: Mar 31, 2021, 4:40 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (March 2021) Request for number of Unsolved Homicides in Buncombe County, NC 01/01/60 – Present

     

    Good afternoon Aaron,

     

    Thank you for the update. We do not have any additional clarification to provide other than what the requester has sent.

     

    Can you please give us some indication of how far back your records go? We will consider that information when we provide feedback for the sender to resubmit.

     

    Appreciate your help!


    from: Aaron Sarver <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    date: Mar 25, 2021, 11:47 AM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (March 2021) Request for number of Unsolved Homicides in Buncombe County, NC 01/01/60 – Present

     

    We don’t have records going that far back, sorry.

     

    I could try to cobble together the info by looking through the Citizen-Times and other media sources, but that
    would be a pretty significant research project. If the requester has a more specific and narrow request then I am happy
    to consider that.

     

    Aaron Sarver

    Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office,

    PIO

    (828) 250-4414

    60 Court Plaza, 4th Floor – Asheville, NC 28801

    21st Century Policing. Procedural Justice.

     


    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Aaron Sarver <[email protected]>
    date: Mar 22, 2021, 3:11 PM
    subject: Records Request: (March 2021) Request for number of Unsolved Homicides in Buncombe County, NC 01/01/60 – Present

     

    Good afternoon Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office,

     

    I’d like to make a public records request for information that may be available in your office. If you are not the appropriate entity to handle this request, please let me know where to send instead.

     

    Please confirm receipt to let me know the request will begin processing, and if possible, please provide a rough estimate of when the request may be completed. I will plan on following up in early April if I have not heard back before then.

     

    Here are the details of the request:

     

    Subject: (March 2021) Request for number of Unsolved Homicides in Buncombe County, NC 01/01/60 – Present

     

    Message: “Hi Buncombe County, NC Sheriff’s Department (or Register of Deeds),

     

    I’d like to make a public records request for the following information:

     

    Please provide the number of unsolved homicides in Buncombe County, NC from 01/01/1960 to the present (date the query is performed in 2021).

     

    Please provide the numbers broken down by year. Please do not include names, case numbers, or other personally identifying information.

     

    Thank you for your assistance!”

     

    Thank you!

     

    **Sunshine Request makes no claim as to the veracity of any statements or information contained in any of the requests, or public records, we receive.


    Status: Clarification Requested
  • March 18, 2021 7:35 pm

    3 weeks ago

    Submitted to Sunshine Request
    Status: Pending