Friday, July 14, 2000

No suspects, no leads in killing

Crime first of its kind in 18 years

By Jeff Carlton
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        An investigation into the killing of a 38-year-old Edgewood man has yielded no suspects and no leads, police said.

        Stephen Craven, a pilot for Delta Air Lines and father of two young boys, was shot in the head Wednesday in his Edgewood home. It is the first homicide in Edgewood in 18 years, police Chief Steve Vollmar said. Mr. Craven's wife, Adelle, returned to the family's Carimel Ridge home around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday after shopping and running errands with the couple's two sons, ages 6 and 8. As she walked up to her house, she noticed the front door was open, police said.

        “She walked in and saw things in disarray, backed out and went to the neighbor's,” said Captain Ed Butler of the Kenton County Police Department.

        The neighbor, Vernon Boyce, entered the house to look around before the police arrived. He discovered Mr. Craven's body in a first-floor office.

        “He was definitely shot, and probably at close range,” Capt. Butler said.

        Mr. Craven's body was taken to St. Luke Hospital East in Fort Thomas for an autopsy.

        Police have found no signs of forced entry and have not determined if anything was stolen from the house. No one in the family has returned to the home to see if any valuables were taken, Chief Vollmar said.

        The Kenton County Police Department is leading the investigation, which Chief Vollmar described as “painfully slow” as detectives continue to search the house for clues.

        Chief Vollmar said there have been no burglaries in the area in the last month and no reports of suspicious activity.

        The Cravens had lived in the neighborhood about eight years, according to police.

        Julie Boyce, 18, the daughter of the neighbor who discovered the body, used to babysit the Craven's two boys.

        “(Mr. Craven) was always out talking to people in the neighborhood,” she said. “He was just a real friendly guy.”

        Mr. Craven had been a Delta pilot for 10 years, according to the Air Line Pilots Association in Atlanta. He was a co-pilot on Boeing 767s and had served on the union's hotel committee, inspecting hotels to make sure they were adequate for pilot layovers.

        The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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