A neighbor heard a loud boom. When she went outside, a car was on fire. There was a body inside, and it belonged to Fredric Rogers. This is a cold case, but Birmingham detectives say it's not too late to speak up.
"I'm Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper. Solving a case like this is like putting the pieces of a puzzle together. Tonight, we're sharing the pieces we have. Now we need you to provide the missing piece and help us find a killer.
The victim was Fredric Rogers. Around 7:30 on a January morning in 2008, someone who lives on Jersey Street in Wylam called the fire department. A blue, 2003, Cadillac CTS was on fire. When firefighters arrived, they saw Rogers in the passenger seat. We believe he had been out to several clubs the night before. Rogers may have been killed or assaulted somewhere else before his killer brought him to that spot.
We know it's been a while since Rogers lost his life, but we refuse to let the silence surrounding his case continue.
We need to hear from you. It's been long enough. Someone is holding onto a vital clue. Trust Crime Stoppers to take that clue and turn it into justice.
With Crime Stoppers, I'm Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper."
You can reach Crime Stoppers anytime at (205) 254-7777.
Also, you can text 7777, along with your tip, to the word "CRIMES." Or if you prefer to send an encrypted tip online, go to www.crimestoppersmetroal.com click on the "submit an online tip" link.
No matter which method you choose, you will remain anonymous. Each tipster receives a private code number. If an arrest is made based on an individual's tip, the tipster can use the code number to claim a cash reward.
Crime Stoppers cannot call tipsters to testify in court.
Crime Stoppers of Metro Alabama is a partnership between local law enforcement, the Birmingham Business Alliance and ABC 33/40. Together, our goal is to make our community a safer place to live and work.