CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Charlotte-Mecklenburg police held a press conference Monday afternoon in connection with the deadly shooting of a 26-year-old woman that occurred in the Plaza Midwood neighborhood in 2016.
Ketie Jones finished working her shift at Midwood Smokehouse. She went to meet some friends at a nearby establishment. After hanging out, she decided to walk home. By then, it was the early morning hours of Oct. 15, 2016. Police say that's when she was shot and killed behind a real estate business.
The press conference was held a day after the one-year anniversary of her murder.
"There is usually someone who knows something that can help us," Deputy Chief Jeff Estes said. "And for whatever reason those people have up to this point remain silent. We implore them not to."
Jones' case is one of 18 unsolved cases from 2016.
CMPD says the investigation is very much ongoing and active. They are still asking anyone with information to come forward.
"In this case, we have completed everything we know to do with the information that we have so far, and are continuing to work leads as they develop. We are still actively working this case" Deputy Chief Estes said.
Estes wouldn't give specifics about motive - whether Jones was robbed? Or, whether it was a random shooting? Or, did she know the gunman?
"It's wide open," he said. 'This case like many others – there are many many unanswered questions, for us it would be pure speculation to say if she did or didn't."
In the year since Jones' life was taken, a scholarship totaling nearly $27,000 was created in her honor to provide financial relief for students involved in the arts at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Jones is from Asheville but graduated from Providence High School in Charlotte in 2008. That same year she attended Marymount Manhattan College in Brooklyn, NY and studied theatre design, according to her Facebook page.
People who knew Jones used social media to mourn her loss. One of those posts was from her employer, Midwood Smokehouse. In a Facebook post from 2016, the restaurant called her death "senseless."
"She was a joy to have as part of our team," Midwood Smokehouse said in a statement. "Guests commented often about her warmth and friendliness. She will be sorely missed. We are devastated by her senseless death."
Anyone with information about Jones' death is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. A reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest.
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