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Redding Police Update Public on Cold Cases

The Redding Police Department is seeking to renew public interest in several still unsolved cases.

Posted: Nov 29, 2018 7:57 AM
Updated: Nov 29, 2018 11:35 AM

REDDING, Calif. - The Redding Police Department is seeking to renew public interest in several still unsolved cases. The department updated several cold cases on their website, which can be found by clicking here.

The department asks anyone with information about these cold cases to call (530) 225-4200 or email them at coldcases@reddingpolice.org.

One of the cases Redding Police are hoping to solve is the murder of 15-year-old Terri Lynn Ray. On July 7, 1976, she was found dead with multiple stab wounds in Clear Creek near Clear Creek Bridge on State Route 273 in Redding.

Investigators say they aggressively worked the case, but over time the number of leads declined and the case went cold. The Redding Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in solving this crime.

A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered by the Shasta County Secret Witness for information leading to the arrest of the suspect in this case.

On Oct. 5, 1983, the Redding Police Department investigated a murder that occurred at Generes Realty Company located on Market St. in Redding. The 63-year-old victim, Helen Faye Generes, was found deceased inside of her business, the apparent victim of a homicide.

Investigators interviewed numerous individuals during the investigation, however, the case eventually went cold.

On Aug. 16, 2012, Courtney Nathan Jones-Botta called his mother for a ride from a residence on Joaquin Avenue in Redding. When his mother arrived on Joaquin Avenue approximately twenty minutes later, she could not locate Jones-Botta. She subsequently filed a missing person report with the Redding Police Department.

Over the past several years, investigators have investigated dozens of leads and interviewed multiple subjects regarding his disappearance, but to date, none of the leads have been beneficial.

Jones-Botta is described as a 23-year-old (at the time of disappearance) white male adult. He is 6'1", approximately 155 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. He has a tattoo of a cross and armor on his left shoulder. He was last seen wearing black denim jean shorts and black shoes.

The Redding Police Department is seeking the public's assistance in locating Jones-Botta. A reward of up to $9,000 is being offered by Shasta County Secret Witness for information leading to his recovery.

On Aug. 17, 2016, SHASCOM received a 911 call of shots fired in the area of 3032 Bechelli Ln. in Redding. Responding officers arrived in the area to discover Edwin "Eddie" Phillips, 67, of Redding, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

Phillips was transported via ambulance to a local hospital, where he was pronounced deceased. Investigators later obtained video surveillance from a nearby business, which showed Phillips entering his business with an unknown subject and exiting a short time later, just prior to the shooting. The subject appears to be of a large stature and was wearing long, baggy shorts and possibly a tank top at the time.

A reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of the suspect.

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