Sheriff: Arrest ‘imminent’ in 1999 Murfreesboro missing teen cold case

Photo: WKRN

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) – Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold told News 2 an arrest is “imminent” in the case of China Videon, a teenager who disappeared without a trace 16 years ago.

Videon vanished from Murfreesboro on Oct. 19, 1999 at the age of 16. Eight months later in June 2000, her car was found abandoned at the South Brook Apartments on Linbar Drive in Nashville.

China Videon
China Videon at the time of her disappearance and a 28-year age-progressed photo (Courtesy: National Center for Missing & Exploited Children)

Friends gathered Monday, what would’ve been her 33rd birthday, to honor her life with a candlelight vigil

“All of us are finally coming together to celebrate her life and the times we had with her,” friend Angela Mathews said.

The vigil was held at Barfield Crescent Park off of Veterans Parkway in Murfreesboro.

Videon’s disappearance still remains under investigation and authorities said they have received more leads and cooperation recently.

“We are getting closer every day to making an arrest,” Detective Steve Kohler said.

In 2014, one detective told News 2 he believed the teenager was killed the year she disappeared. Detective Seargent Dan Goodwin explained they didn’t find any evidence of a struggle, fingerprints, or any DNA of a possible suspect inside the car.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts or disappearance is urged to call 1-800-THE-LOST or the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office at 615-904-3046.

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