Clarksville Crime Stoppers add names to cold case list, urging public to send in tips to bring justice to families

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – On Wednesday, Clarksville-Montgomery Crime Stoppers added two new names to its list of cold cases. The effort focused on urging the public to send in tips that will lead to an arrest.

“These are people who were killed, and their families and friends deserve to have answers and to have their day in court,” said Deanna McLaughlin, president of Clarksville-Montgomery Crime Stoppers.

McLaughlin, along with cold case detectives, showed the names and photos of 24 people, each representing a family still desperately searching for answers.

| LEARN MORE | Latest titles from Clarksville and Montgomery County

“Everyone is obviously the worst day of their life, losing a loved one. So that would mean a lot to get a closure and get justice,” Clarksville Police Department Detective Keenan Carlton said.

In May, Carol Bowman was added to the cold case list after she was found dead inside her home at Church Court following obvious head trauma. The investigation revealed that Bowman’s cell phone, along with some of his prescription medications, was missing from the residence.

KIERA JOHNSON

Kiera Johnson

On October 8, 2019, Clarksville police responded to a call for gunfire in the 1140 Main Street area. When officers arrived, they found a 2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue in the driveway, which had been shot multiple times. Inside, Kiera Johnson was found with multiple gunshot wounds.

Anthony Richardson

Antoine RICHARDSON

On October 6, 2019, officers responded to 706 Britton Springs Road, where police found a black male victim on the ground near the residence. Police found Anthony Richardson with an apparent gunshot wound and laceration to the head.

In December 2021, the Clarksville Crimestoppers Board announced that it would increase rewards from $1,000 to $5,000 for information that leads to the arrest or charging of anyone responsible for unsolved homicide deaths. Currently, the award applies to criminal homicide cases that are more than three years old. Currently, 24 cases are eligible.

Among these, the case of Vincent Pardue. In March 2015, he was shot and killed while having a barbecue with his friends and family.

“I got dressed, by the time we got there my son was lying on the floor with nothing but his boxers on, and when I looked at him I saw no life. I knew he was gone,” Winfra Cooksey, Perdue’s mother, said in an interview with News 2 in July.

Months later, his family continues to feel the same way. They described themselves as a very close family. Everyone remembered the moment the news of Perdue’s death arrived – everyone rushed to be by his side.

“My brother was in the ambulance and they had the chest compression machine on him. When I saw him, I knew he was gone,” Pardue’s sister Denesha Clark said. It’s always that black cloud that’s over your head, not knowing who it is. If the person is there, if the person next to you knows something. It’s just the unknown.

⏩ Read today’s top stories at wkrn.com

If you have information about any of these cold cases and would like a cash reward, Clarksville-Montgomery Crime Stoppers reminds the public that they can remain anonymous. Call 931-645-TIPS. Calls are not recorded.

You can also leave tips online.

Mark M. Gagnon