The Hoke County Sheriff's office instituted the Unsolved Homicide Division in 2023 as a means of diligently working towards a resolution for all of its cases. The Unsolved Homicides Division is part of the Hoke County Sheriff's Office Detective Division. The following list is comprised of cold case homicides only and does not include the other cold cases the Detective Division is currently working. This list will be updated as the Detective Division proceeds through the review of each cold case.
Any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, is used to bring justice to criminals and provide some peace to families who continue to mourn the loss of their loved ones. Resolving these cold cases and apprehending the criminals involved will also prevent them from committing future crimes.
HOW TO REPORT INFORMATION:
Missing Person: Lori Brown
Lori Brown has been reported missing since 11/18/2019. There have been possible sightings near Hightway 301 and the Coliseum in Fayetteville and the Walmart near that location. If you have seen Lori please call the Hoke County Sheriff's Office at: 910-875-5111
HOMICIDE: DeAndre "Papa" Ricketts
$20,000 REWARD FOR INFORMATION LEADING TO ARREST! DeAndre “Papa” Ricketts was just 16 when he was shot and killed at a birthday party on Sunday, October 13, 2013. Gunfire erupted around 2 a.m. at the 800 block of South Bethel Road in Raeford, NC. Hoke County Authorities stated Ricketts was shot to death; no one else was wounded. No arrests have been made at this time and the murder investigation is still ongoing. More than 100 young people were reported at the party. The Hoke County Sheriff's Office is encouraging anyone with additional information to come forward. Call 910-875-5111 or use our anonymous tip line.