Cynthia Carver’s death declared homicide

Published 1:12 pm Friday, May 17, 2019


The death of the Newsoms woman, who had gone missing from her Everett Street home on Feb. 22, has been declared a homicide by the Chief Medical Examiner for the Tidewater District. The cause was listed as “multiple sharp force injuries” in the report, which was reported to The Tidewater News on Friday.

Cynthia Carver’s death has been declared a homicide by the Medical Examiner’s Office in Norfolk. — File Photo

Maj. Gene Drewry, a spokesman for the Southampton County Sheriff’s Office, stated that there no other updates on the case.

Cynthia Carver, 34, had been reported missing that day by her mother, Ann, who told sheriff’s deputies that her daughter was supposed to have started a new job that day. After seeing Carver’s vehicle in the driveway, Ann went to the house and found the back door open. She then contacted the authorities. An initial search by deputies discovered no one inside, but there was evidence of blood and a knife. Search warrants were obtained to thoroughly search the premises.

Members of the Newsoms community, including those of Carver’s church, Mt. Tabor Baptist, even assisted in search parties of their own.

On March 5, the sheriff’s office and Norfolk Bureau of the FBI stated they believed that Carver had been abducted and was still alive at the time of the press conference. They based this partly on found receipts dated from Portsmouth and Norfolk dated Feb. 21.

Though there no suspect named, a vehicle had been identified, a silver Chrysler, maybe a Chrysler 200 or similar, was reported seen leaving Carver’s home the night of the abduction. The latter agency offered a $5,000 reward for information that could lead to her whereabouts. Carver was known to be active on social media, and it was believed that she was going to meet someone that evening. Investigators have also been working to get warrants to search her mobile phone and other media accounts for clues to her location.

Carver, the mother of two children, was found by an unnamed person in a southern part of the city on March 19. The Suffolk Police had the body taken to the ME’s office in Norfolk, which confirmed the identity the next day.

Investigators continue to research the case, and anyone with information about it is asked to call sheriff’s office at 609-2482.