James Wells Homicide: Parents of Murder Victim Plead For Public’s Help

James Wells

The parents of a murdered Hopewell cab driver are speaking out.

It has been nearly six months since someone killed their son James Wells. Wells disappeared during his overnight shift with the Marshall Cab Company.

Hours later, deputies discovered the 26-year-old’s body in his burned out cab miles away in Hanover County. According to the medical examiner, Wells burned to death.

His death was horrific, but what haunts his parents is that the person responsible is still out there.

“I don’t think the wound would ever go away, but I think it might help to know who and why, instead of just wondering every day,” explains Wells’ mother, Mala Burton.

His father David Wells adds, “I pray for closure. I just wanna know who did it and why. Why somebody would do that to James.”

Wells’  parents are encouraged by the newest lead released by investigators. Surveillance images of an older model dark-colored Cadillac with one whitewall tire.

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The images were captured at an Econo Lodge in Hopewell. That’s where Wells was reportedly last seen the night he disappeared, talking with people who were driving that car.

“They’re not sure that they are the ones that did it, they just wanna talk to them because they were the last people to talk to him,” adds the victim’s father.

The family hopes this new lead will motivate someone to come forward with additional information in the case.

“Maybe they will say that they know something or saw something or heard something. share that one piece of information that might be the one clue that breaks the case.” Says Burton.

Crime Stoppers is offering a $5000 reward for information that leads to an arrest in this case.

Stay with 8News for the latest updates.

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