Thursday, November 20th, marks two years since four women were found murdered at the Jersey Shore and for those who knew and loved them, there are still very few answers.
“I think about them a lot. They were like my kids,” says Jean Webster, who has run a soup kitchen in Atlantic City for decades.
She says the victims, Kim Raffo, Tracy Ann Roberts, Barbara Breidor and Molly Dilts came to eat there every day before they were killed.
The barefoot bodies of the four women, who worked as prostitutes in the resort, were discovered November 20, 2006 in a drainage ditch behind The Golden Key Motel on the Black Horse Pike in Egg Harbor Township’s West Atlantic City section.
“I sat down and I was crying. I loved them so much. Regardless of what they was doing. They were very respectable,” Webster says.
Authorities have not made any arrests or even officially labeled anyone a suspect. However, investigators did question Terry Oleson and searched his Alloway Township, Salem County home in connection with the murders. Oleson lived at the Golden Key Motel during part of 2006.
To this day, Oleson has not been charged in the case, but his attorney says Oleson’s life—now spent living at a Salem County motel--is in shambles.
“He’s found it almost impossible to get a job,” says attorney James Leonard, Jr., whose office is in Atlantic City. “The dark cloud of this incident that looms over his head today is present in his life.”
From the start, prosecutors have revealed little about the probe into the quadruple murder. Atlantic County Prosecutor Ted Housel released this statement to coincide with the two year anniversary of the case:
“This Office has received a number of inquiries with respect to the status of the homicide investigation of four women found in West Atlantic City in November 2006. Although this case is now approaching its second anniversary, it is an active investigation in this Office and we continue to expend both time and resources in its investigation. It is not considered a "cold" case and we are treating it with the level of importance that it deserves.” Leonard, Oleson’s lawyer, doesn’t buy it.
“It’s been two years. They don’t have a suspect. They don’t have a witness. They don’t have a crime scene. So if that’s not a cold case, I don’t know what is,” says Leonard.
Leonard says Oleson also wants authorities to officially declare that he’s not a suspect and to issue an apology to him. However, prosecutors say they’re not apologizing to anyone and that they haven’t publicized the case in the press, as others have done.
Meanwhile, the victims’ loved ones continue to wait for a break in the case.
In a brief phone interview with NBC 10 News on Wednesday, Verner Dilts, the father of Molly Dilts, had just a few words.
“I love Molly and I miss her.”