30 YEARS LATER: STILL NO ANSWERS IS MURDERS OF MCCALLA COUPLE
On Oct. 16,1989, investigators found the the bodies of Acie Worthy and his wife Carolyn Worthy inside their burning home in McCalla.
But they died before the blaze began, both shot to death. Investigators said they feel the motive was murder, with robbery as a secondary motive.
Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Chief of Administration Loyd Baker told WVUA 23 the Worthys were wealthy and Acie, a known gambler, often carried large amounts of cash.
Baker said the murder may be connected to another unsolved murder case in Graceville, Florida.
Baker is no stranger to the case, because he was working at the sheriff’s office when it happened.
“The Florida Department of Law Enforcement showed up to our office,” Baker said. They had a case similar to ours of two people killed in a home in Florida. We compared evidence. Turns out the cases are connected. We think the same person or persons killed the Worthys that killed Robert and Catherine McCrae in Graceville, Florida.”
While you’d think the passage of time weakens an investigation, Baker said there’s still hope.
“New technology may help us get DNA that we couldn’t before,” Baker said. “Obviously, people who were alive then may not be alive now. People who remembered then may not remember now. It does work against us in some senses, but those who kept your secret then, may not keep it now.”
Even after 30 years, investigators said they’re not giving up.
“This is what we work for,” Baker said. “We spend so much time and energy trying to give the families justice, and after 30 years i still want to give this family justice.”
If you have any information that could help investigators in this 30-year-old cold case, please contact the Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit at 205-464-8690 or leave an anonymous tip at Tuscaloosa CrimeStoppers at 205-752-7867.