NORWALK, Conn. -- Jamaican gangs, drugs and reluctant witnesses all surround the 1993 cold case homicide of a Norwalk man that Lt. Art Weisgerber is still trying to unravel today.
The search for an elusive killer began on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 1993, when the body of Stanley McKoy, 22, was found in the woods behind Crespo's Grocery on South Main Street.
His body was found in a wooded area between "the Hill" at Carlton Court and Crespo's after police received a call regarding a dead body. When officers arrived, they found McKoy's body riddled with bullets near the top of the path, just below the stone wall that leads to "the Hill."
Several witnesses came forward and reported hearing several gunshots in the same vicinity around 11:30 p.m., the night before. But unfortunately for detectives, there had been heavy rain the night before and units responding to a report of gunshots were unable to locate any victims or witnesses.
Other witnesses came forward and reported seeing McKoy on foot in the area around 11:30 p.m. on Aug. 16, and that he headed up the wooded path towards Carlton Court.
During the investigation, the name “Jamaican Kurt” or “Crazy Kurt” surfaced as a possible suspect, who was known to be Kirk Thompson. Detective Bruce Hume, who was the lead investigator at the time, hit some roadblocks with witnesses reluctant to provide written statements due to fear of the Jamaican drug dealers, and of Thompson.
In Sept. 1994, Thompson was in custody of the Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS) in Miami, Fla., but refused to be interviewed by the Norwalk Police. He was deported to Jamaica in April, 1995. The case was investigated but not enough probable cause was developed to arrest Thompson.
In 2001, the investigation was taken over by the Cold Case Unit and in June of 2002 assigned to Weisgerber. During the investigation, Weisgerber located several eyewitnesses to the shooting murder of McKoy by “Jamaican Kurt."
The flow of information increased after the Jamaicans that previously ran the drug trade in the area of South Main Street and Grove Street had been either incarcerated or deported. The investigation revealed that McKoy had been warned by the Jamaican drug dealers, including Thompson to stop selling drugs and “beat” (fake drugs) in their area.
By August 2003, Weisgerber had developed enough probable cause from his investigation to secure an arrest warrant for Thompson, charging him with murder, in the death of McKoy. In 2004, Weisgerber executed a search warrant of the phone records of Thompson’s mother, Mary Comrie of Stamford, shortly after Hurricane Ivan struck Jamaica in September of 2004.
The results showed numerous calls from Comrie to Kingston, Jamaica. As of this date, it is believed that Thompson resides in Kingston.
The Norwalk Police Department holds an active arrest warrant for Thompson. Anybody with information is asked to contact Weisgerber at 203-854-3028 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Anonymous Internet tips can be sent through the Norwalk police website at: www.norwalkpd.com . Anonymous text tips can be submitted by typing “NPD” into the text field, followed by the message and sending it to CRIMES (274637).
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