Cold Case Files: 10 Years Ago Today, A Charlotte Mother Was Brutally Murdered

MECKLENBURG COUNTY– A Charlotte family is still seeking answers after the murder of their daughter. 30-year-old Kellie Owens was found dead in her apartment 10 years ago Wednesday. It’s a case that’s led CMPD detectives on twist and turns, with no conclusions.

It’s been a long journey for the Owens family. The family tells WCCB they feel like they haven’t had a good night’s sleep in ten years. They returned to the grave site of their daughter, who was a mother of a two-year-old when she died. They say someone has got to know something about Kellie’s  murder.

“I notice things between the trees and the way the wind blows after I talk to her. It’s almost like she’s talking to me,” says Kellie Owens’ best friend Svenya Nimmons.

Winds of change, constantly haunting the Owens family every day for the past ten years. Moments turning into days, that have turned into years.

Family and friends of Kellie Owens, reminiscing about the light in their life.

“She was a great mother. For those two years of her life, she loved that little girl to death,” says Kellie’s mother, Linda Owens.

December 27th, 2007, Kellie was found shot in her home on Meadow Vista Road with her two-year-old daughter in the apartment.

Today, no leads. All that’s left is two boxes of case notes and memories.

CMPD Cold Case Divison Sgt. Darrell Price says, “This case and a handful of others are the cases that I think about all day, even when I’m not at work.”

The Owens hope telling Kellie’s story can lead to tips.

“It would give me that peace that a friend deserves, and more so for her daughter,” says Nimmons.

To bring the closure the family needs.

“I would like to talk to that person, so he could–he or whomever did it–look into my eyes and look into my soul and see what you did to me, my, her granddaughter, her friends, my family.” Owens says.

There’s a $10,000 dollar reward for any information leading to Kellie’s killer. If you have any information, contact Crime Stoppers at 334-1600.