Plea for leads in 18-year-old Virginia cold case

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A Shenandoah County murder case that has gone cold turns 18-years-old today, and a private investigator who took on the case is making a plea to witnesses to come forward.

Sylena Dalton was found stabbed to death inside her Strasburg apartment on July 27, 1998. Her 13-week-old baby Allyson went missing and has not been seen since.

COLD CASEThe group Justice for Children without Voices recently put together a composite of what Allyson may look like today.  Allyson would now be 18.

Christopher Borba of Emissary Investigative Services says he recently learned a neighbor living below Dalton’s apartment heard commotion, looked outside and saw a white male placing a baby in a truck.  That witness has since died.

Borba, who started the facebook page Justice for Sylena and Allyson Dalton to track information, suspects others were in the apartment with the neighbor that day and have information important to the investigation.

“Maybe they heard something or saw something,” he says.

Borba’s investigation has taken him throughout Virginia, and he encourages witnesses to come forward.

“After this many years, it would be good to give the family closure,” Borba explains.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Borba at (540) 642-0959 or Virginia State Police at (540) 829-7766.

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