MAYS LANDING – The ACPO Major Crimes Unit continues the investigation of an unsolved homicide connected to a shooting that claimed the life of a 61 year-old woman who was the mother of four children and grandmother of 12 grandchildren, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced.
“Ten years ago today, Joyce McKinnon came home after a hard day at work to relax in the comfort of her own home. Moments later, her life was taken away without any regard for those who loved her most. Whoever is responsible for this senseless killing, robbed her children and grandchildren of the love that they so deserve. Somewhere there is a witness or someone who knows why a bullet found its way into Ms. McKinnon’s home that night, two weeks before Christmas. As the County Prosecutor,
I am requesting that anyone who has knowledge of the circumstances that caused her death to come forward immediately and give Ms. McKinnon’s family the justice they deserve,” Prosecutor Tyner said.
On Dec. 11, 2009, at approximately 10:47 p.m. Atlantic City Police responded to a report that a female had been shot in her 1900 N. Michigan Avenue residence. When officers arrived, they discovered Joyce McKinnon, 61, a cocktail waitress at the Tropicana Casino Hotel, deceased in her bed from an apparent gunshot wound. Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit detectives were notified and responded to the scene.
Atlantic County Medical Examiner Dr. Hydow Park performed an autopsy on the victim this morning and determined McKinnon died as a result of a single gunshot wound.
Prosecutor Tyner encourages anyone with any information in connection to this investigation to come forward and speak with law enforcement.
Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at http://www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.