Evidence collected with ‘outside-the-box thinking’ links man to 1991 murder case

Evidence collected with ‘outside-the-box thinking’ links man to 1991 murder case
Police say they were able to connect Samuels to Hoey’s death “with some outside-the-box thinking” and evidence collected by the crime lab. (Photo Illustration / Mark Davenport)

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A man has been charged in connection to the 1991 murder of Yolanda Hoey through the work of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Homicide Cold Case Unit.

Hoey, who was 25-years-old at the time of her death, was reported missing by her family on February 3, 1991.

Seven days later Hoey’s body was found in her vehicle on Ventura Way. Police say she had been shot several times.

“With some outside-the-box thinking” and evidence collected by the crime lab, police say they were able to connect 60-year-old Louis Samuels to Hoey’s death.

Samuels is currently in federal custody at Beckley Federal Correctional Institution and was scheduled for release on June 18, 2019.

Before he could be released, cold case detectives presented the case to the Mecklenburg County Grand Jury which indicted Louis Samuels with a first degree murder charge.

CMPD’s Homicide Cold Case Unit has been in existence since 2003. The unit has reviewed 178 homicides dating as far back as 1979. The unit has cleared 48 cases. Members of this team continue to seek justice for all victims of homicide.

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