MURFREESBORO, Tenn.- A mother has asked for help to solve her daughter's cold case murder in Rutherford County.
On October 19, 1999 then 16-year-old China Videon disappeared from a beauty salon in Jackson Heights Plaza. China's car was found a year later abandoned at an apartment complex off Harding Road in Antioch. Police thought the girl ran away, but her mother, Suzanne Videon disagreed.
"How could anybody who knew something sleep at night?" Suzanne Videon asked. "If they have kids, how would they feel it if was their kid?"
During the 13 years since her disappearance Rutherford County Sheriff's detectives have tracked leads, but have not made any progress. China Videon was legally declared dead in October 2007. Cold case detectives took over the case soon after.
"We believe China was abducted, killed and disposed of by someone who knew her well," said Rutherford County Sheriff's Detective Sgt. Dan Goodwin of the Cold Case Unit. "The case is more difficult because her remains have never been found."
Officials hope that after 13 years those who were teenagers at the time of China's disappearance, and adults now will come forward with information about the case.
"They should be in their 30s now and may have children. They may reflect on that and come forward with any information that they have." Sgt. Goodwin said.
Anyone with information about the case is urged to call the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office at (615) 898-7770.