Charity Worley case goes online

If you are a frequent reader here, you know I occasionally take an interest in unsolved crimes in the area. One recent case nags at me more than I’d like, simply because it makes so little sense.

Somebody killed Hendersonville, North Carolina’s Charity Worley in her driveway a couple of weeks before Christmas 2008. Like most homicides, it was brutal. It was made worse by the fact she was beaten to death and found by her mother. Finally, it was made worse by how one member of the media handled the 911 call.

The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office just announced it has launched, a site aimed at gathering more information on that case. It’s a noble effort and I think we can all appreciate a law enforcement agency using the reach of the internet to troll for clues.

That said, that it’s gone this far is another indication that investigators may be having a rough time with the case. Now, obviously there are two umbrella scenarios. Somebody Worley knew killed her or she was a victim of something far more frightening. While neither scenario is a good one, the latter is the most disconcerting. That is, if Worley was killed by someone she knows, justice may be the only thing in jeopardy. If, however, a stranger killed her, then we’re looking at a whole different situation (read: the killer could be anybody and could easily do it again).

The arc of the investigation reminds me a great deal of the case of Dale Fetner. Fetner was a Greenville contractor who was on the outs with his wife and living in fairly nice apartment complex on the edge of Greenville. Somebody stabbed him to death outside the apartment building one night. It was an ugly crime. It’s now been more than eight years, and we’ve still heard nothing from the Greenville Police Department about who might be responsible.

I know a lot of people come here searching for information on Charity Worley. If you happen to be one of those people, or better yet, have some information for investigators, go check out the new website.

Brad Willis

Brad Willis is a writer based in Greenville, South Carolina. Willis spent a decade as an award-winning broadcast journalist. He has worked as a freelance writer, columnist, and professional blogger since 2005. He has also served as a commentator and guest on a wide variety of television, radio, and internet shows.

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6 Responses

  1. Tracy Powell Reese says:

    Hey, Linda. Not talked to you since all this, and I am sorry. I just want you to know I love you and Lindsay and if you need anything, I’ll do my best to help. Heard you couldnt believe Cody was driving, I cant either really. Like I said I love you and miss you.

  2. Jay says:

    I still remember all the Fetner stories and shooting video in the apartment complex of the investigators looking around.

  3. Michael says:

    I just heard about this terrible tragedy. I am so sorry for the family, and I hope they find the coward that did this and bring him to justice.

  4. linda says:

    It is going on 5 years and still no answers only more questions.

  5. mike says:

    Its sad that lazy ass henderson co. Cops can’t find any major leads!!!! Word travels fast in this pissy little town! Best thing anyone can do is get out of hendersonville!!

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