Unsolved: 5 years later, mother yearning for answers for son’s murder in Chesapeake

Posted at 2:43 PM, Oct 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-02 21:35:07-04

CHESAPEAKE, Va. - Five years ago, 20-year-old Trevor Baldwin never came home.

"He was supposed to be home at 9:30 or 10 p.m. When he didn't, we began to wonder and then we got a call," said Melinda Baldwin.

Trevor Baldwin

Baldwin fled to Chesapeake, where police had found her son dead. They responded to Dunedin Drive and Tasman Court for a report of a car accident, and when they arrived they found Trevor's car slammed against a tree.

He was slumped behind the wheel of his car, shot to death.

"He was my baby - a joy, strong, athletic," stated Baldwin. "He was just there all the time - the memories, the thoughts, the birthdays, the holidays."

Five years ago this week - September 30, 2014, to be exact - Baldwin's life changed.

"I believe it was a set-up from a young lady that wanted him to be robbed, and that robbery failed," Baldwin told News 3.

Each day that passes, Baldwin is hopeful she'll get that call from police that an arrest has been made, but the phone remains silent.

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"It's frustrating because the names surfaced October 1, 2014, so what are they waiting for? We know who he is; he is out there, he has stated it and bragged to people about it," she said.

Baldwin said she has talked to several witnesses who saw her son murdered.

"These people have nothing to gain. There are people trying to tell police what happened," said Baldwin

News 3 talked to Chesapeake Police, who say they won't confirm who pulled the trigger. They state it's an active investigation, citing potential pre-trial publicity. Police did say the detective on Baldwin's case retired and the cold case unit has been restructured, but that someone is actively working on Baldwin's case.

"It's been a long time coming. I can't wait for this nightmare to be over. Turn yourself in," said Baldwin.

The family is offering an $8,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

If you have any information, call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (1-888-562-5887).