Real Name: Roy Odes Caffey
Nicknames: No known nicknames
Location: Orangeburg, South Carolina
Date: October 8, 1972
Details: On October 8, 1972, state Highway Patrol trooper Roy Caffey was patrolling when he radioed his dispatcher, saying that he would meet his relief at the Interstate 26 interchange, just north of of Orangeburg, South Carolina. However, he never arrived at the interchange and a few minutes later he was discovered shot to death in his patrol car with his own gun by an unknown assailant. Investigators discovered that an intense struggle had occurred in the car, with the dome light smashed and Roy's hat crushed. Roy's gun and holster were stolen, but no trace of the killer or killers were ever found and the case grew cold. Twenty years later, Roy's son, Robert, began searching his father's killer. He soon learned that three separate witnesses claimed to have seen a red car, possibly a Mustang, stopped on the side of the road by Roy's patrol car. The witnesses saw two unidentified men approaching the car. These men were never found, but authorities believe they were responsible for the murder. The case, however, remains unsolved.
Suspects: The suspects' vehicle was a red car, possibly a Mustang, and the suspects were believed to be two white males, accompanied by a white female.
Extra Notes: The case was featured as a part of the December 9, 1994 episode.
Results: Solved/Unresolved. In February 1997, a woman named Betsy Rourk Kemmerlin, who was 16 in 1972, was arrested and charged with Roy Caffey's murder. She identified the two other suspects as her brother, Ben Kemmerlin, and a friend, Lee Mizzell. However, Ben was killed in a traffic accident in 1981, and Lee was killed in a domestic dispute in 1984. She claimed that Ben and Lee had gotten out of the car after Roy pulled them over, and that they had got into a fight, shooting and killing him, Betsy was only involved after the fact. She pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact of murder in Caffey's shooting and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Kemmerlin died in 2009. Rumor has it that the Red Mustang was buried by two brothers who had access to heavy machinery. The gun and holster may have been put in a small pond on the same land the Mustang may have been buried. It is possible the two brothers were responsible for the shooting. This is contrary to Betsy Rourke's statements as to what happened. Rumor had it that the red Mustang had been borrowed from a female for a drug purchase. There were two red Mustangs often seen in the Edisto Gardens area, and the two brothers they were known to be violent. The brothers were persons of interest from the beginning of the investigation but evidently were not mentioned by Betsy Rourke. When the investigation began, there was a rumor circulating that investigators knew who was responsible for the murder, but they had no proof.
- "Trooper's Death May Finally Be Solved," Observer-Reporter, February 22, 1997.
- Roy Caffey at Find a Grave
- 2014 News Article on Roy Caffey