Petersburg police, ATF hope tips can help solve 2005 cold case homicide

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PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — Petersburg police continue to search for clues that may help the department solve a 15-year-old cold case homicide.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) announced Monday, Oct. 19, that a $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the identification and arrest of the person(s) responsible for his death.

Police say on Oct. 21, 2005, just before 8:40 a.m., police were called to the back of a home in the 100 block of Liberty Street. There, police found 18-year-old Deandre Thomas dead.

8News spoke with Thomas’ mother in 2018. She shared her feelings about her son and her hope that someone comes forward with information.

“It still bothers me,” Nauvata Evans told 8News. “Every day, I wake up. I have a picture of him on the clock and I look at it every day because I am waiting for that phone call to come that somebody’s been arrested.”

Anyone with information about this crime should contact ATF at 888-ATF-TIPS (1-888-283-
8477) or contact police (804) 732-4222.

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