Portsmouth officer's 1984 death in NC ruled homicide

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Associated Press

Posted on May 1, 2014 at 7:26 AM

Updated Thursday, May 1 at 7:26 AM

PORTSMOUTH (AP) -- Authorities in North Carolina have ruled the 1984 death of a Portsmouth police officer a homicide.

Detective Garland Joyner's body was found March 18, 1984, in a creek bordering Gates and Chowan counties in North Carolina. He had been shot in the chest.

At the time, the 39-year-old officer's death was ruled a suicide.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services changed the ruling last month to homicide. The doctor who made the change, Dr. Karen Kelly, told the newspaper in an email that the department couldn't release any information.

Portsmouth Police Chief Ed Hargis told the newspaper that the change was the result of hard work by various detectives and forensic technicians. He declined to provide details.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com

AP-WF-05-01-14 1122GMT

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