Sheriff Chuck Wright says the man in the sketch has never come forward but was seen at the store the day of the killings. (Mar. 1, 2012/FOX Carolina)
The victims of the 2003 Superbike Motorsports killings, from left to right: Beverly Guy, Chris Sherbert, Brian Lucas and Scott Ponder. (File/FOX Carolina)
Scene of the unsolved 2003 quadruple homicide at Superbike Motorsports in Chesnee. (File/FOX Carolina)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -
It has been nearly a decade since four people were killed inside a Spartanburg County dirt bike shop.
Now, Sheriff Chuck Wright has released a new, revised sketch of someone they are looking for in connection with the case that has never come forward as a witness.
Wright said one of their original witnesses recently came forward to say he was not satisfied with the sketch of a customer seen the day of the killings who has never come forward.
Deputies said the witness told investigators that this new sketch looks exactly like the person they saw inside the business minutes before four people were killed.
The homicides happened Nov. 6, 2003. The bodies of Brian Lucas, Scott Ponder, Beverly Guy and Chris Sherbert were found inside Superbike Motorsports on Parris Bridge Road in Chesnee.
They had all been shot to death. No one was ever arrested. No suspects were ever named.
In the years since, the building where the murders happened was sold. There is nothing to remind people of what happened there. The passage of time has been a challenge for investigators and the victims' families.
Over the years, there has been national coverage of the case on several television shows, websites and in newspapers. Still, the motive for the killings and a resolution to the case has remained a mystery.
New person of interest sketch released
Wright said on Thursday that the killings were, "probably one of the most gruesome, horrific crimes committed in our county."
With a new sketch released, Wright said they want national media attention because someone out there knows the person. He said because the customer was never identified or came forward as a witness, deputies believe he knows what happened.
"This fellow will tell us exactly what happened in the shop that day," said Wright.
Deputies said the person in the composite sketch was seen in the store before the homicides and was acting as a customer with Scott Ponder looking at a particular motorcycle, which was being prepared for a sell.
Wright questioned why this subject has not come forward in almost 10 years. He said someone has gone catfishing with him or rides motorcycles with him, and asked the public to help solve this case.
"He will shed more light on the case then ever before," said Wright. Wright said if they can talk to the subject, they could cross him off their list or file charges, but until then the investigation remains open.
Victim's family speaks out
FOX Carolina's Diana Watson spoke to the mother of one of the victims, Brian Lucas, on Wednesday.
"It's been far too long without anything. It's time for something to come out and get more information," said Lucas' mother, Lorraine Lucas.
Lorraine and her husband, Tom Lucas, have worked in the years since the killings to spread the word about the case. They were even involved in an effort to get the pictures of the victims and the story of what happened onto playing cards that were distributed to South Carolina prisons.
The hope was it would lead to tips among inmates who may have heard something behind bars.
"I am assuming they will release something more and at least draw some more interest. We have been trying to get some nationwide attention," Lorraine Lucas said.
She, her husband and other family members of the victims attended Thursday's press conference.
Tips needed from public
Wright said they will go wherever they need to locate the man in the sketch. He said they want the national exposure because Superbike Motorsports was a really successful business with a large portion done online, so there was "no telling where this person is from."
"We want this case solved," said Wright. "People deserve answers. People deserve justice."
Wright encouraged people across the country to call in with tips that could lead to the identification of the subject in the drawing and tips that could lead to solving the case. He said he would even make someone an honorary deputy if they made a tip that solved the case.
Anyone that has information on the identity of the man in the sketch is asked to call 888-CRIME-SC or the Sheriff's Department. Wright said there is a $25,000 reward offered in the case.
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