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Admitted Buncombe Co. murderer indicted in slaying of teen missing since 2000

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Robert Jason Owens (Source: Asheville PD) Robert Jason Owens (Source: Asheville PD)
Zebb Quinn disappeared in Jan. 2000. (File: FOX Carolina) Zebb Quinn disappeared in Jan. 2000. (File: FOX Carolina)
Cristie Schoen Codd, 38, and her husband Joseph "JT" Codd (Source: BCSO) Cristie Schoen Codd, 38, and her husband Joseph "JT" Codd (Source: BCSO)
ASHEVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina) -

A Buncombe County man who admitted to killing and dismembering a couple in 2015 was indicted on Monday for the slaying of an Asheville teen over 17 years earlier.

According to a release by the Asheville Police Department, Robert Jason Owens was indicted on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of 18-year-old Zebb Wayne Quinn.

In a press conference, Lt.  Joseph Silberman with the Asheville Police Department said Quinn was last seen with Owens on Jan. 2, 2000. He hasn't been seen since.

On Monday the police department presented the case of Quinn's disappearance to a grand jury, which returned the murder indictment.

Silberman said since 2000, detectives have been following up on new leads and forensic evidence in the case. After the indictment, Silberman said detectives are continuing to follow up leads and strengthen the case.

The detective declined to comment on if Quinn's body or new evidence had been found.

“In looking over as much of the case as I have and going over it again and again and seeing it as a whole, I feel very confident in the strength of the case," Silberman said.

He also declined to comment on the reactions of Quinn's family to the indictment, but said he is grateful for their partnership during the investigation which has spanned nearly two decades.

"Our victims mean a lot to us," Silberman said. "Speaking for our victims means a lot to us. Dealing compassionately and having a trauma-focused approach to the family is really important to us. We think about all of those people.”

Owens is currently in custody and serving an active prison sentence for the 2015 murders of Cristie and Joseph Codd. He was sentenced to a minimum of 59 and a half years in prison for killing and dismembering the couple after pleading guilty to three counts of second-degree murder. Cristie Schoen Codd was pregnant at the time of the crime.

During the plea hearing, Owens said he accidentally struck both of them with a truck and then tried to cover up their deaths because he was not supposed to be driving.

The Schoen family released a statement following his sentencing saying they were "extremely upset and angry" at the outcome.

The investigation is ongoing into the disappearance of Zebb Quinn, and police encourage anyone with additional information to contact the Asheville Police Department at 828-252-1110 or Crime Stoppers at 828-255-5050.


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