Cold Case

Story by WVUA 23’s Amanda Hull.

Twenty-three years ago, Joseph Todd Jowers was killed outside of a local bar, and investigators are still not giving up hope for Jowers and his family.

It was Oct. 13, 1996, when Jowers was shot in the parking lot of what was then Classic’s Lounge on 37th Street East in Tuscaloosa. The killer who fired the shot has never been found, but investigators in Tuscaloosa have not lost hope.

“All of these cases are important. All these victims have family and these cases are never considered closed,”  said Lt. Jack Kennedy of the Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit. “We do review them regularly and we do have investigators assigned to review these cases and continue to work forward if any information does come up.”

Jowers’ grandmother, Sybil Malone, didn’t live long enough to see justice for her family, but before she passed away, she said this in a 2017 interview with WVUA 23: “If anybody knows anything that can help us in any way, we will be so thankful that we can find the person that did this.”

“At this time, we hope that if there is anyone out there who has information whatsoever that they believe to be valid to please contact us and we will do our best to follow up on any leads given us,” Kennedy said.

If you have any information that you think could be helpful please call the Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit at 205-464-8690.

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