Fisherman’s DNA Unveils Chilling Secrets: Prime Suspect in Colonial Parkway Murders Identified

The long-standing mystery surrounding the infamous “Colonial Parkway Murders” has taken a chilling twist. Virginia State Police announced on Monday that Alan W. Wilmer Sr., a fisherman who passed away over six years ago, has been identified as the prime suspect in three cold-case killings, including two linked to the notorious slaying spree.

Wilmer’s connection to the 1987 shooting deaths of David L. Knobling and Robin M. Edwards, as well as the 1989 strangulation murder of Teresa Lynn Spaw Howell, was established through DNA evidence. The revelation has sent shockwaves through the community, as Wilmer had no prior felonies on his record, making it impossible to obtain his DNA until after his death in December 2017.

The bodies of Knobling and Edwards were discovered on the south bank of the James River in Isle of Wight County in September 1987. Both victims had been fatally shot, and Edwards had also suffered sexual assault. While their case was initially linked to the Colonial Parkway Murders, authorities now confirm that there is no forensic or physical evidence connecting it to the other unsolved killings along the scenic roadway.

The Virginia State Police, along with the families of Knobling and Edwards, expressed a mix of relief and justice upon learning of Wilmer’s identification. For 36 years, these families have lived in a vacuum of the unknown, fearing that the perpetrator responsible for their loved ones’ deaths could strike again. Now, with Wilmer’s demise, they can find solace in knowing that he can no longer harm others.

Wilmer’s DNA also tied him to the murder of Teresa Lynn Spaw Howell, whose life was tragically cut short in 1989. Howell was last seen outside a popular nightclub in Hampton before her body was discovered on a construction site, strangled and sexually assaulted. While her case is not connected to the Colonial Parkway deaths, the closure provided by Wilmer’s identification brings some comfort to Howell’s grieving family.

Described as 5’5″ tall, weighing around 165 pounds, with sandy-brown hair, blue eyes, and a close-cut beard, Wilmer was known by the nickname “Pokey.” During the time of the murders, he drove various pickup trucks, including a blue 1966 Dodge Fargo with the Virginia license plate “EM-RAW.” Wilmer primarily made a living from clam and oyster farming, but also operated a tree service business called Better Tree Service. He occasionally resided on his commercial fishing boat, the ‘Denni Wade,’ which he docked at local marinas and shipyards. Additionally, he was an experienced hunter and a member of a local hunt club.

With the identification of Wilmer as a suspect, law enforcement is now exploring potential connections to other cases. They urge the public to come forward with any information that may shed light on Wilmer’s activities or involvement in other crimes. The FBI’s field office in Norfolk, represented by Special Agent Brian Dugan, emphasizes that it is never too late for individuals to step forward and provide crucial information.

As the investigation unfolds, the community remains on edge, grappling with the shocking revelation that a seemingly ordinary fisherman may have been responsible for a series of heinous crimes. The Colonial Parkway Murders and the victims’ families have long awaited answers, and now, with the identification of Alan W. Wilmer Sr., the truth may finally come to light.

Author: CrimeDoor

2 Responses

  1. In response to the post about the “Colonial Parkway Murders,” I would like to share a case study that relates to the topic of unsolved mysteries.

    One of the most perplexing unsolved cases in my hometown is the “Lakeview Murders.” This series of murders occurred in the late 1990s and left the community in shock and fear. The Lakeview neighborhood was known for its peaceful atmosphere, making these crimes even more unsettling.

    The first murder took place in a small park

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