Monday, September 25, 2017

Mystery Monday: Zebb Quinn

It's Monday, which means it's time for another...



Although most of the stories I post here are mysteries, sometimes I like to post stories that have a resolution. On July 10, 2017, this story had an arrest. But even when someone's arrested, so many questions still remain...


Zebb Quinn was an Asheville, North Carolina teenager who disappeared after working his shift in the Walmart electronics department. Zebb was enrolled in ROTC.



Zebb left work at 9pm that Sunday evening with plans to meet coworker Robert Jason Owens to go look at a car. At 9:14, the two were captured on surveillance camera buying sodas at a convenience store.



According to Owens, the two left the gas station in separate cars and soon after, Zebb flashed his lights, indicating Owens should pull over. Zebb said he'd gotten a page and needed to return the call. Frantic, Zebb allegedly rushed to a payphone, made a call, then returned and said he had to go. In his rush, Owens said Zebb rear-ended his truck. Owens said that was the last he saw of his coworker.



Later that night, Owens arrived at the emergency room with fractured ribs and a head injury. He claimed to have gotten into another car accident that night, but no police report was filed.


Robert Jason Owens

Two days later, a male saying he was Zebb called in sick to Walmart. The employee immediately realized the voice wasn't Zebb's and traced the call back to a plant where Owens worked at the time. Two days later, Zebb's mom's coworker called her to say she'd spotted Zebb's car in a parking lot. It was found abandoned with lips drawn on the back windshield and a live puppy dog inside.



The case remained unsolved in the years that followed. As it gradually became known as an unresolvable mystery, Owens was named in another high-profile case. In 2015, he was arrested for the disappearance and murder of Food Network star Cristie Schoen, her husband J.T. Codd, and their unborn child.



Owens pled guilty to their deaths, claiming he accidentally ran over both of them with his car and tried to dispose of their bodies. His attorney said he was "impaired" on prescription drugs for a mental illness he suffered.



On July 10, 2017, a grand jury charged Owens with Zebb's murder. But the question now is why? What would have driven him to murder his friend?

25 comments:

  1. Sounds like Owens was very accident prone and ran over a lot of people. And sounds like he was a sick individual.

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    1. Yes, watch out for that dude when he's behind the wheel, for sure.

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  2. Agree with the comment above.

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  3. Not sure this was an accidental killing. Especially with the puppy in Zebb's car and the lips on the windshield. What was that about?

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    1. I guess it was meant to send people down a "rabbit hole." Certainly armchair detectives wasted a lot of time trying to figure out what the significance of the dog and the lips was.

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  4. Nothing about that sounds accidental.

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    1. Yeah, especially since he did it more than once!

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  5. It sounds like Zebb was beaten and maybe it was over a woman? I'm trying to find a connection with the lips. As for the puppy, I have no idea but maybe he was trying to save the puppy from being mistreated. There are more questions and it sounds like the police are not talking

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    1. At some point, it was speculated that maybe the puppy was left there to draw attention to the abandoned car. People will call the police if they see a dog in a locked car.

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  6. Bizarre details but glad there was a resolution.

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  7. One person could possibly be an accident--but two and possibly three? They need to lock him up and throw away the key! (After the trial, of course.)

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    1. Yeah, I have a feeling he'll spend the rest of his life in jail.

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  8. Nothing about this sounds accidental to me. Glad it was solved. I agree that so many questions remain.

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  9. More questions than answers. I'm surprised they convicted him.

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  10. It sounds like that guy had some serious issues. Very strange but I'm sure Zebb's parents want some answers.

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  11. Mental illness--no doubt. Almost looks like an I O beside the lips--could there have been a U? I O U? Yup--really does sound crazy.

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  12. That's a creepy one. The poor dog too :(

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  13. Hi Stephanie - how strange ... but it does seem like Owens was the killer - certainly not a good way to leave this world ... as an unknown and unsolved mystery ... poor Zebb and family - cheers Hilary

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  14. Happy to see the murderer was charged, but you're right there's a lot of unanswered questions.

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  15. Sadly, it seems that Owens was the killer. When mental illness is involved, it's so hard to pinpoint why something like this would happen. Still, I'd really like to get all of the details to put it all together. Hugs...RO

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  16. I agree with Alex's comment!!

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  17. I wonder what they found that made them charge Owens.

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  18. He may have been charged and convicted in 2015, but that doesn't mean he'd never driven under the influence before. His missing friend is another indicator.

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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