Real Name: Veronica "Tina" Jefferson
Nicknames: No Known Nicknames
Location: Arlington, Virginia
Date: May 11, 1988
Details: On May 11, 1988, 24-year-old Veronica "Tina" Jefferson was discovered raped and shot to death at point blank range behind McKinley Elementary School in Arlington, Virginia. Tina was a newcomer to Washington, D.C., who was last seen alive the night before at a Giant grocery story near Columbia Pike. Authorities believe she may have met her killer that night at the store, and that she may have known her killer. Investigators interviewed several of the employees at the store along with customers, and although they had some good suspects, all were eventually cleared because their DNA did not match that found at the crime scene. Then, a couple came forward claiming to have seen Tina on the night she was killed at the grocery store, and that an unidentified African American man began flirting with her and began following her. A police officer also came forward and believed that he had followed Tina's car, and planned to pull them over for speeding, but unfortunately decided not to and passed by her car, where he saw the unknown man in the driver's seat with Tina in the passenger's seat. Authorities believe that the killer then took Tina out of her car and led her to the school yard where he then raped and killed her.
Investigators had no suspects and few lead in the case until in the spring of 2000 when DNA found on Tina's body matched DNA found on the body of 22 year old Rachael Raver, who had been murdered in December of 1988 along with her boyfriend, Warren Fulton. After this connection, authorities re-interviewed Tina's family, and her sister Crystal then remembered visiting her sister in the summer of 1987 at her apartment complex in Virginia and meeting a man named "Tony", who also lived in the apartment and may have been Tina's boyfriend. Although not a suspect, authorities would like to question Tony to see if he as any knowledge about Tina's death. Her murder and the Raver/Fulton murders remain a mystery.
Suspects: A composite sketch was made of the man seen with Tina the night she was killed, who was a clean cut African American male who was 6'3", 170 pounds, and is the prime suspect in the case. Authorities also want to question the man known as "Tony" who may have been Tina's boyfriend at the time, and may have lived in Queens, New York, where Rachael Raver's car was found. He remains unidentified.
Extra Notes: This segment originally aired on the November 1, 1989 episode of Unsolved Mysteries, and was revisited on August 29, 2001, after it was connected to the murders of Warren Fulton and Rachael Raver.
Results: Solved. In 2005, DNA found on Tina's body was linked to a man named Alfredo R. Prieto, now considered a serial killer for the additional murders of other individuals including Rachael Raver. Prieto was extradited to Virginia from California, where he was on death row for a 1990 murder. He was convicted of the murders of Warren Fulton and Rachael Raver and sentenced to death. On October 1, 2015, Prieto was executed by lethal injection.