Sketch of suspect in 81-year-old's murder released

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Investigators developed a photo of the suspect, by way of composite sketch, who killed 81-year-old Catherine Wicker.

Wicker was attempting to leave her son’s residence in the Sycamore Lake Apartments, when she was approached by an unknown male who attempted to take her purse.


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Wicker became involved in a struggle with the suspect over the purse, at which time a courageous citizen intervened and was able to get Wicker’s purse away from her attacker.

The suspect jumped into a vehicle, and while trying to run over the citizen that came to Wicker’s aid, the suspect struck Catherine Wicker with the vehicle, dragging her body under the vehicle and through the parking lot.

The suspect pulled his vehicle backwards and forwards over Wicker’s body before leaving the scene.

Memphis Police Officers found Catherine Wicker lying in the parking lot unresponsive.

Memphis Fire Department Paramedics transported Catherine Wicker to Regional One, where she was pronounced deceased.

The Shelby County Medical Examiner ruled Wickers death to be a homicide as a result of an intentional vehicle hit and run. 

The suspect was approximately 5’7” to 5’9” tall, 150-160 lbs, medium complexion, and wearing all dark clothing. 

Anyone with information regarding the identity of this suspect is asked to please call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.