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Cold case murder revisited
Woman shot 32 years ago
Cynthia Hill

It has been over 30 years since 21-year-old Cynthia Hill was found dead in a local motel, but the grief never lessened for her family.

Recently the victim’s sister Charlene Hill -Brady reached out to Statesboro police, hoping to find answers to a mystery that has haunted her for more than three decades.

Who shot Cynthia Hill, and why?

Statesboro Police Det. Jared Akins and Officer Katie Hagins hope to find out. The two were assigned to the cold case on a full-time basis May 1, said Statesboro Police Chief Mike Broadhead.

Hill-Brady and her husband Kevin met with detectives and the media Thursday, hoping to bring attention to the unsolved murder, thinking maybe someone who knows the truth will step forward.

With new technology now available, evidence has been resubmitted, Akins said. “And we have re-interviewed dozens of witnesses” who have helped produce new leads, Hagins said.

Broadhead said Hill’s body was found by motel staff Jan. 2, 1987. She had been shot by an unknown person. At the time, detectives were unable to solve the case., he said.

After 32 years, the offender may not even still be living, but if the case can be solved, it will at least bring some degree of closure, Broadhead said.

Witnesses having passed away has posed a hindrance to the investigation, but maybe someone will come forward with new information, Akins said.

Hill-Brady said her sister was staying temporarily at the Stiles Motel on South Main Street, waiting to secure her own home. None of the family has any idea who could have killed Cynthia Hill, or why, she said. “She wanted to start her own life.” Hill had a son, Shafters, who was three at the time his mother was killed.

 “He still wonders what happened.”

The time that has passed has not made the loss any easier, Hill-Brady said.

“It is very hard, not knowing.  I don’t know why someone had to do that to her. Who did it? And are they still out there where they can hurt someone else?”

She remembers her sister as being a happy, friendly person and said she can’t imagne why someone would kill her.

Anyone with information about the case is urged to contact police, even if it is anonymously, Akins said.

Tips can be made by calling the Statesboro Police Department at 912-764-9911 and asking for Hagins or Akins. Tips maybe made online at or by texting “TIPSSPD” followed by the tip to 274637 (CRIMES). All calls and tips will be kept confidential, he said.


Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at 912-489-9414.




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