December 16 2014

– Police are hoping to get new information about a Chesapeake murder case that went cold.

It happened three years ago on December 16, 2011. Firefighters rushed to extinguish a house fire on Bugle Drive, and when the flames went out, they discovered something worse — a murder. Brian Riddick’s body was found in a bedroom.

The official cause of death was blunt force trauma. Detectives have put in countless hours trying to figure out who did it and why.

“They have worked very diligently with forensics, interviews, the arson investigators from the fire department, and we just need a little bit more,” said Chesapeake spokeswoman Kelly O’Sullivan.

But as the home was demolished and weeds began to grow on the vacant lot, the case went cold. That final piece of the the puzzle is still missing.

“We have people that we’ve talked to that we think may know more or may be involved,” O’Sullivan said.

But police still need someone to come forward with that information to confirm what detectives have suspected for years.

“As police officers, we can have feelings and hunches and almost know what’s going on. It’s circumstantial, we need the hard evidence, we need probable cause, and that’s where we are right now,” O’Sullivan said.

She said time isn’t working against them, but may be working in their favor: perhaps someone’s had a change of heart. And she hopes this story convinces that person (or persons) to come forward.

“We realized that within three years, relationships can change … it’s just connecting the dots, and we hope someone will come forward,” O’Sullivan said. “They’re not scared anymore, they realize, okay, the police need our help.”

If you think you know anything about Brian Riddick’s murder, or the arson investigation, call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP℠. Or you can call the Detective T.R. Downing directly at 757-382-6251.
– Deanna LeBlanc


About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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