Family hopes for break in case

Family hopes for break in case


Although a year has passed, authorities still have not closed the homicide case of Christy Joseph Connor, whose body was found in the trunk of a car in Davenport on July 24, 2005.

Marnita Connor held a candlelight vigil Monday to remember her son and renew interest in the stagnant case.

“It’s been a year and I don’t have anything,” she said. “No one has been arrested.”

The 19-year-old was discovered in the trunk of a car parked in a driveway adjacent to 215 E. Central Park Ave. The gray Oldsmobile in which his body was found allegedly belonged to a tenant, who disappeared afterward.

Police believe Christy Connor was killed elsewhere and his body moved to the East Central Park location.

Davenport police have not given up on finding out what happened.

“It’s still under investigation and because of that it would be inappropriate for me to comment or submit a public progress report,” Police Chief Mike Bladel said. “Our personnel are working on it as leads become available.”

Bladel said anyone with information on the case can call Davenport’s detective bureau at (563) 326-7785 or Quad-City Crimestoppers at (309) 762-9500.

Marnita Connor said she still remembers the moment she received the news from her daughter.

“She called me and she was hysterical,” Connor recalled. “She said ‘Mom, Chris is dead. They just found him in the trunk of a car.’ ”

Connor telephoned police and was asked to come to the station.

“They tried to calm me down,” she said. “They didn’t know if it was my son.”

Once they used fingerprints to confirm the identity Connor knew her son was gone.

Connor said the last time she saw her son was three days before his death. Two weeks after he was gone his son, Christy Joseph Connor, Jr. was born on Aug. 8.

Having to live without an explanation of what happened to her son has been difficult.

“I was hoping this would kind of stir some things up and get someone to come forward,” she said. “I need some justification for my son’s death.”

Dustin Lemmon can be contacted at (563) 383-2493 or


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