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From: Suzie (TNSuzie) DelphiPlus Member Icon5/19/08 10:14 PM 
To: astrallady DelphiPlus Member Icon  (16 of 39) 
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Slain student may have entered Mount Holly with suspect

Police have evidence that slain UNC Charlotte student Ira Yarmolenko was with a possible suspect when she arrived in Mount Holly on May 5, according to her brother Pavel Yarmolenko.

Pavel Yarmolenko would not discuss details of evidence, such as whether a witness saw his 20-year-old sister with a possible suspect somewhere in Mount Holly.

In the two weeks since Ira Yarmolenko was killed, police have not disclosed any evidence of her whereabouts between 10:50 a.m., when she was seen at Jackson's Java near campus, and 1:15 p.m., when two jet skiers found her body on the banks of the Catawba River in Mount Holly.

"There's certainly evidence," Pavel Yarmolenko said Sunday. "The police have evidence she was with someone when she came into Mount Holly. And I'm sure that will become evident very soon."

Ira Yarmolenko's body was found lying next to her dark-blue Saturn, which had traveled into the woods behind the Stowe Family YMCA and Water's Edge Development and then down a steep embankment, where it crashed into stump a few feet from the river. She died of asphyxiation, according to police.

Her older brother Pavel, who is a graduate student at Duke University, said his family is not privy to every detail in the case.

Pavel Yarmolenko said he isn't certain of the killer's identity, but he thinks the killer is a man, who was a stranger or not very familiar with his sister.

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From: Suzie (TNSuzie) DelphiPlus Member Icon5/28/08 4:55 PM 
To: Da Crone Mama of da Moon! (MamaLaiste) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (17 of 39) 
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Murdered UNCC student's family reaches out

May 28, 2008

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It’s been three weeks since the body of a UNC-Charlotte student was found near the Catawba River.

Investigators are still searching for her killer, while her family is taking a different approach.

Irina Yarmolenko, or Ira as her friends called her, worked at the Jackson’s Java coffee house across from UNCC’s campus.

Her family decided that is where they wanted to be as they create a way to remember the student that they hope will benefit millions of people.

For her family, Yarmolenko’s death is still too painful a memory.


From: saraanna25/29/08 10:45 AM 
To: Suzie (TNSuzie) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (18 of 39) 
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Mount Holly police checking new leads

Homicide of UNCC student




UNC Charlotte sophomore Irina Yarmolenko was found dead Monday next to her car on the banks of the Catawba River.

A surveillance video released last week by Mount Holly Police showing UNC Charlotte sophomore Irina Yarmolenko dropping off Goodwill donations has turned up new leads in the homicide case, authorities said Thursday.

Mount Holly spokeswoman Leslie Shiel said police aren't giving details but that the new information "is worth following up." She said Chief David Belk credits call from the public with helping them develop leads.

The May 5 video showed Yarmolenko beside her car at a Goodwill store drop-off on 1725 Harris Houston Rd., not far from the UNCC campus. Police said a young man who appears in the video was working for Goodwill and is not a suspect in the case.

About two hours later, a couple riding personal watercraft found Yarmolenko's body lying next to her car on the banks of the Catawba River in Mount Holly, some 30 miles from campus. Investigators said she died of asphyxiation but exactly what happened and why is still a mystery.

Anyone with information about the case should call Mount Holly Police at 704-827-4343.


From: Suzie (TNSuzie) DelphiPlus Member Icon6/7/08 1:37 AM 
To: Da Crone Mama of da Moon! (MamaLaiste) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (19 of 39) 
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Family of slain UNCC student waits for answers

The family of a slain University of North Carolina at Charlotte student found one-month ago said Thursday it has been agonizing waiting to find out why the student was killed.

Irina Yarmolenko, who is from Chapel Hill, was found dead on the banks of the Catawba River in Mount Holly on May 5. Police said the 20-year-old was asphyxiated.

Pavel Yarmolenko, Irina’s brother, said he keeps in close contact with Mount Holly police investigators and is waiting for lab results to return from evidence taken at the scene where the body was found. He would not elaborate on what type of tests were being run. Calls to the Mount Holly police were not returned.

“It’s really hard for us to continuously think about my sister’s killer and what he did,” Pavel Yarmolenko said.


From: Suzie (TNSuzie) DelphiPlus Member Icon6/7/08 1:44 AM 
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UNCC student found dead one month ago

June 6, 2008

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Thursday marks one month since the body of a murdered UNC-Charlotte student was found on the banks of the Catawba River in Gaston County.

Police are still not saying if they've made any arrests in the case.

Investigators did say they're following several leads in the murder of Irina Yarmolenko.

Her school has offered a $10,000 reward through Gaston County's Crime Stoppers to anyone with information about the crime


From: Suzie (TNSuzie) DelphiPlus Member Icon6/9/08 7:00 PM 
To: Da Crone Mama of da Moon! (MamaLaiste) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (21 of 39) 
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New Details in Murder of UNCC Student

A Brother’s Mission.

Call it keeping busy, call it coping, Duke graduate student Pavel Yarmolenko does whatever he can to help solve the case.

He created Spanish and English fliers that can be seen posted on trees in the back country area where his 20-year-old sister, Irina “Ira” Yarmolenko, was found murdered along a Catawba River bank in Gaston County.

The fliers indicate a $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of Irina’s killer or killers.

The crime scene is at the end of a hard-to-find trail, which is walked by people who know the area well and go to the river for fishing, kayaking and canoeing.

According to investigators, Irina did not know the area well and had no known ties to the Mount Holly area.


From: Suzie (TNSuzie) DelphiPlus Member Icon6/26/08 6:19 PM 
To: saraanna2  (22 of 39) 
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Reward offered in murder

MOUNT HOLLY—More than 50 days later, Irina Yarmolenko’s murder remains unsolved.

On May 5, the body of Irina “Ira” Sergeyezna Yarmolenko was found by jet-skiers on a steep bank of a wooded area along the Catawba River, near a Mount Holly neighborhood under construction. Yarmolenko had just turned 20 a mere 72 hours earlier. She was a student at UNC-Charlotte.

On June 16, the office of Gov. Michael Easley issued a proclamation stating that a reward of $5,000 would be offered for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of Yarmolenko’s murderer or murderer.

“The reward offered herein does not extend to any law enforcement officer of the State or any political subdivision thereof,” Easley’s proclamation states. “Anyone having information about this case should contact the Mount Holly Police Department or the State Bureau of Investigation.”

According to MHPD Chief David Belk, the $5,000 reward will be added to the $10,000 offered by UNCC.  

“We wanted to offer the reward to help keep this case in the public eye,” said Belk. “We hope that this reward will encourage people who have information about this case to come forward.”

Think you may know something that could help find the killer or killers? Call the MHPD at (704)827-4343.

From: Suzie (TNSuzie) DelphiPlus Member Icon7/2/08 4:20 PM 
To: Da Crone Mama of da Moon! (MamaLaiste) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (23 of 39) 
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Mount Holly Police release new details in Yarmolenko slaying

Ira Yarmolenko was found slain May 5 outside of her car on the banks of the Catawba River in Mount Holly

This is a press release Mount Holly Police sent to the Gazette before noon Wednesday.

The Mount Holly Police Department has received new information in its investigation into the murder of Irina "Ira" Yarmolenko.
According to Chief David Belk, the department has new information about what was happening with and possibly in Ira's car at the time of her death.

According to data retrieved from her car's black box, someone was sitting in the driver's seat when the vehicle, a blue four-door 1998 Saturn, went down the embankment.

The speed at the time of impact was estimated at 15 mph. In addition, the driver's side seat belt was engaged at that time. Finally, the black box revealed that someone started Ira's car at the scene.
"We are continuing to work with the SBI and FBI in analyzing data and evidence," said Chief David Belk. "It is slow and arduous task and we hope that the final results provide us with more information."



From: Suzie (TNSuzie) DelphiPlus Member Icon8/5/08 7:28 PM 
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3 months later, search for Ira’s killer continues


From: Suzie (TNSuzie) DelphiPlus Member Icon10/1/08 12:19 AM 
To: saraanna2  (25 of 39) 
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5 months later, no arrests in UNCC student's murder

 September 30, 2008

Irina Yarmolenko

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- His sister's murder remains a mystery five months after her body was found on the banks of the Catawba River.

Irina Yarmolenko, a 20-year-old UNC-Charlotte student, was killed in May.

On Tuesday night, her brother met with students on campus to talk about the status of the case and their fears, because her killer still hasn't been caught.

Pavel Yarmolenko stood at a college lectern with images of his murdered sister playing on the screen behind him. He is a devastated older brother.


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