Cold Case: Executive found dead while husband was away

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Local,Crime,Scott McCabe,Cold Case

Robin Warr Lawrence had been dead for at least three days before she was found inside her Springfield home.

Her 2-year-old daughter Nicole was in the home with the body. The child was unhurt but dehydrated.

The investigation into the 1994 death of the 36-year-old Lawrence took several twists and turns but eventually grew cold. The death of Robin Warr Lawrence is one of thousands of unsolved murders around the capital region. Fairfax County police are hoping someone will come forward to help solve the killing.

Lawrence's body was discovered on Sunday, Nov. 20, 1994, just days before her family was to celebrate Thanksgiving in Connecticut.

At the time of her death she was director of advertising for Merchant Tire Co. of Manassas.

Her father, Robert Warr, was the first black city council member for Syracuse, N.Y., serving in the late 1960s and early '70s.

He had been preparing a special gathering to celebrate both the holiday and Lawrence's birthday.

On the day Lawrence's body was discovered, a neighbor came to the home on the 8600 block of Reseca Lane after Lawrence's husband called, concerned that he couldn't reach his wife.

Entering through an open back door to the house, the neighbor called out to Lawrence and got no response. When she called out the toddler's name, Nicole came to her. The neighbor took the child from the house and called the husband, Ollie Lawrence Jr., who was out of town on a business trip. He in turn called police.

In the two years after the slaying, police ruled out Ollie Lawrence as a suspect in the slaying. Investigators also ruled out a Maryland woman whom police believe had been having an affair with Ollie Lawrence. They obtained a search warrant and collected blood and hair samples from the woman, but later cleared her.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Fairfax County Crime Solvers at 866-411-TIPS, email via www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org, or text "TIP187" plus your message to CRIMES (275637).

smccabe@washingtonexaminer.com

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