MB Police seek help to crack cold case

It is a cold case that police are trying to make hot again. Five years after the murder of a Myrtle Beach convenience store clerk, detectives are not giving up on finding his killer.

It was early on the morning of October 23, 2003, while 43-year-old Jim Davis was working the overnight shift at the Pantry Store on Kings Highway that someone came in and shot him dead.

To this day, police do not know who did it.

But, five years after the crime, Myrtle Beach detectives were back Wednesday canvassing the neighborhood, talking to residents, passing out fliers describing the case, and hoping to jog someone's memory.

"Hopefully, they'll take a look at this (flier) and say, 'You know that looks like someone I recognize, that looks like someone I talked to about Jim Davis' death and you know, I think the police need to know that,'" said Detective Tony Lever.

The Pantry has put up a $25,000 reward leading to the arrest of the person responsible for killing Davis.

Police are looking for a possible suspect described as a black male, 6 feet tall, average to heavy build with short, wavy hair and possible stubble or facial hair.

One detective working the case used to be a patrol officer who got to know Jim Davis from having stopped in the store. She said finding his killer would mean something special for her and his family.

"We were all really upset when he was killed, and I have never stopped thinking about this case. It's very important to me that this case is solved for the family," said Detective Traci Byrd.

"We want people to know we won't give up on cases like this," said Detective Lever.

Davis's mother, who now lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, told NewsChannel 15 that she is thankful for what police are doing and hopeful it will lead to the person who killed her son.

There will be a candlelight vigil for Jim Davis on Thursday, Oct. 23rd, the anniversary of his death, at 6 p.m. at the Trinity Presbyterian Church in Surfside Beach.