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


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