10-25-2013, 02:49 PM #1
VA - Allyson Dalton, 2 mos, Strasburg, 27 July 1998
By Joe Beck
Fifteen years after her 20-year-old daughter was stabbed to death and her 10-week-old granddaughter disappeared, the long, frustrating wait for answers to the crime continues for Angela Stover.
Stover received the grim news of Sylena Jo Dalton's death from a sister who lived across the street and was the first family member to see the victim's body in the apartment at 175 S. Charles St. in Strasburg.
All had seemed fine hours earlier when Stover left the infant Allyson and Dalton at the apartment where all three lived. Stover remembers being called away from work hours later and listening in horror as her sister described what had happened.
"My sister told me that Sylena was stabbed to death, and they can't find Allyson," Stover said in an interview Friday. "Needless to say, I just fell to the floor and started crying for my mother."
Allyson Dalton has not been found. Stover said police searched the Shenandoah River and some Dumpsters without success. Angela Stover and her mother, Bonnita Smith, say they know who killed Sylena Dalton and took Allyson. They blame the Virginia State Police for failing to make an arrest in the case.
Stover said she was last in contact with the state police about three months ago and came away discouraged. She said the conversation followed a pattern that has become all too familiar to her over the years.
"We're angry and upset," Stover said. "We don't feel they're working on the case. They don't contact me. I contact them."
Sylena Dalton's killer remains at large and the fate of infant Allyson Dalton is unknown.
10-25-2013, 04:58 PM #2
I specifically looked for the state... Virginia.
What a very sad case.
Could it be the little girl's father? Maybe she is still alive?
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10-25-2013, 06:24 PM #6
I'm actually disappointed in the lack of talk and articles on this case. You've got an unsolved murder and kidnapping kind of all rolled in to one. It makes me very sad to see this.
"Allyson's father, Daniel E. Pompell, told police he went to the apartment on the morning of the murder, knocked on the door, received no answer and left the area," the release states. "State Police as a matter of policy will not name suspects, however, Mr. Pompell has not been exonerated."
In 2001 Sylena’s mother filed a wrongful death suit against her daughter’s former boyfriend, Daniel Pompell, seeking $1.5 million in damages. She claims that Pompell killed Sylena and kidnapped Allyson. It is unknown if she was successful in the suit. Sylena had named Pompell as the child’s father and was seeking child support at the time of her murder.
Police say there is no evidence that points to Pompell and they say he has been cooperative threw out the investigation.
The murder weapon has never been located and baby Allyson, who would be 13 this year, remains missing.
11-27-2015, 07:08 PM #7
Mother killed, daughter taken in Shenandoah Valley town
By SCOTT MCCABE • 1/29/12 12:00 AM
Police say whoever killed Sylena Jo Dalton also kidnapped her baby.
The 20-year-old mother was stabbed to death on July 27, in 1998, at her Strasburg, Va., apartment. Her 2-month-old girl, Allyson Kathleen Dalton, hasn't been seen since.
Investigators have created a computer-imaged composite image of what Allyson would look like today as a pre-teen. She would have brown hair and blue eyes.
The mother and daughter were last seen alive by a family member about 7:45 a.m. that morning. Dalton was likely killed between 9:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Dalton was found on her couch at about 2 p.m. by a co-worker. She had been stabbed to death. The baby was nowhere to be found, and several baby bottles were missing.
According to an Associated Press report at the time, police searched the Warrenton home of Daniel E. Pompell, then 29, but found no sign of the baby, according to court records. He was listed as the baby's "probable father" on paperwork filed with the state Division of Child Support Enforcement, according to a warrant filed in Fauquier County.
The search warrant claims that Pompell was at Dalton's apartment "at the approximate time of her death" and "angry about the possibility of additional financial obligations on him if paternity of the child was proven," according to the search warrant.
Pompell cooperated with the investigation and was never charged.
Allyson is still missing and her mother's slaying has not been solved.
Anyone with information can call the Virginia State Police, Bureau of Criminal Investigations at 800-572-2260, or the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 800-843-5678.
12-29-2015, 05:16 PM #8Registered User
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This is my first post here on WS but I actually stumbled upon this site looking at Long Island missing cases. The comments on the bottom are what grabbed my attention so I Googled Sylena and saw there was a topic on WS. I wonder if anything came of this? Here is a link with the comments: https://letsfindthem.wordpress.com/2...till-unsolved/
06-02-2016, 05:15 PM #9
Christopher Borba, a private investigator in Roanoke, has taken on the case, hoping to get new leads and closure for the family.
"We recently developed (and) found out that there was a person that lived underneath the apartment when it happened," Bolba said. (They) heard a noise, whatever it was it was loud enough (that) it caught their attention and the guy looked outside (and) saw a white male placing a baby in the passenger seat of a truck."
That witness is now dead...
State Police as a matter of policy will not name suspects; however, Mr. Pompell has not been exonerated.
07-27-2016, 07:25 PM #10Registered User
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Plea for leads in 18-year-old Virginia cold case
A Shenandoah County murder case that has gone cold turns 18-years-old today, and a private investigator who took on the case is making a plea to witnesses to come forward.
Borba’s investigation has taken him throughout Virginia, and he encourages witnesses to come forward.
“After this many years, it would be good to give the family closure,” Borba explains.
08-08-2016, 10:36 PM #11
Justice for Sylena and Allyson Dalton
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