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Justice sought in 30-year-old murder case

 

By Monroe Roark
Times Correspondent 

  Cheryl Bond is on a crusade for a young lady she has never met.

  She is seeking justice for Teresa Lynn Cronic, who at 17 years of age was shot and killed nearly 30 years ago at a McDonough residence. The case remains unsolved.

Teresa Lynn Cronic (shown above) was killed 30 years ago in Henry County. The case remains unsolved.           Special photo

  According to police reports, officers answered a call the morning of May 18, 1983 at a house on Rosser Road and found the bodies of Cronic as well as Tommy Vickery, 35. Henry Asbury had discovered the bodies and was waiting for police when they arrived, according to the report.

  Police reportedly found drugs and a large amount of cash in the home as well as a variety of drug paraphernalia. Asbury told police he had been with the victims and gone out for about 20 minutes before returning to find them dead.

  There were multiple suspects during the initial investigation of the case, including Asbury, who died last September.

  Bond became interested in the case because her husband Ernest was Cronic’s boyfriend when both were teenagers, although they were not in a relationship at the time of her death. During the Bonds’ 14-year marriage he mentioned Cronic from time to time and has even had dreams over the past 30 years about what may have happened to her.

  “I realized he needed closure,” said Cheryl Bond. “I also saw that there are people who are still hurting over this.”

  As she began researching the case on her own a few years ago, she located a Henry Herald article published the week after the murders, but that is all of the newspaper coverage she has found.

  A simple Google search of Cronic’s name, in addition to providing her obituary and the location of her gravesite, led her to connect with a number of the victim’s family members and old friends who are still in the area. Recently Cheryl established a Facebook page, “In Loving Memory of Teresa Lynn Cronic,” and some of Cronic’s high school friends have found it and placed comments on it.

  There is speculation about some aspects of Cronic’s life at the time, such as whether she and Vickery were involved and whether he was married, but none of that has been established as fact, Cheryl Bond said. The fact that drugs were found at the crime scene has also led many to speculate about why they were killed.

  A number of details about the last 24 hours of Cronic’s life have been nailed down with the help of Facebook comments, Cheryl Bond said. She apparently skipped school the previous day with some friends and went with Vickery to another friend’s house for a very late party before returning to his house, where they died the next morning. Some of the comments suggested that Cronic said she was afraid of someone, although she did not say who that person was, and some of her friends have claimed she had an abusive boyfriend whose identity is not known.

  Cheryl Bond has communicated regularly with a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent to whom she forwards information from time to time, but she said she has not heard much back from the GBI as far as any positive developments in the case. She tried to get the FBI involved as well, but federal authorities cannot participate at this point unless they are invited by local authorities, she said.

  “I’m reaching out to whoever will listen and help get the word out,” said Cheryl.

  She did not locate Cronic’s mother in time to speak with her personally, as she passed away a month before she found her. Knowing that Cronic’s mother went to her grave not knowing the truth about what happened is now a motivating factor for Cheryl, who is also a mother.

  Henry County Police Chief Keith Nichols acknowledged that the case is an open investigation, regardless of how much time has passed, and the department keeps a cold case list that is reviewed regularly. “A cold case is always open,” he said.

  The chief became familiar with the Cronic case more than a decade ago when, as a detective, he arrested an armed robbery suspect who claimed to know Henry Asbury and even tried to implicate him, although that never came to fruition.

  A few years ago the department formed a cold case division with two detectives whose primary job was to review the cases and determine if any DNA evidence could be examined that might provide a break in a case. Much scientific investigation that is utilized today by law enforcement was not available in the early 1980s,

  Nichols said that in the Cronic case, like many cases, investigators hope to find physical evidence that has not disintegrated and can be brought back for examination.

  This Friday would have been Teresa Lynn Cronic’s 47th birthday. Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to visit the Facebook page and contact the Henry County Police Department.

  “People need closure, and it’s been 30 years. How much longer will it go?” Cheryl Bond wondered. “It will take a village to solve this murder and end the pain for a lot of people.”

 

 

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