Virginia Beach Crime of the Week
Unsolved Crimes
Homicide Squad
Release Date: December 28, 1979
Detective P. Tucker

Cold Case Homicide

On Monday evening, December 24, 1979, Brenda Bancroft was last seen by her family in the 4100 block of Thalia Drive. She had left her parent's home driving her 1978 orange Datsun B-210 sedan and was due home later the same evening. She attended a Christmas party at Admiral Nicks Restaurant located in the 8100 block of Shore Drive in Norfolk. A missing persons report was filed by family members. On Friday, December 28, 1979, Ms. Bancroft's deceased body was found in the 500 block of Spring Lake Crescent which is a short distance from her home. Her body was transported to the State Medical Examiner's Office where the cause of death was determined to be suffocation.

Brenda was a 20 year old white female who had light brown hair, blue eyes, 5' 5" tall, weighing 153 pounds. Brenda, at times wore contact lenses that displayed her vibrant blue eyes. When not wearing contacts, she wore prescription glasses.


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