On December 5, 2003, 56 year old Nancy Dunning went to the Potomac Yard Target near her Del Ray home to shop for a high school senior she adopted through local charitable organization. After shopping she went home to check mail, something she always did at lunchtime, before heading to lunch with her husband and son. This time when she came home, someone was waiting for her, and killed her by shooting her several times in the back. She was dressed in her coat as if she were leaving the home. Nothing was taken from the home.
Nancy was a wife of the then Alexandria sheriff, a mom, a successful real estate agent and was known as the “Queen of Del Ray” for her dedication to the neighborhood.
Police showed interest in a man seen near Nancy while she was at Target. He was talking on a cell phone and left the store the same time as Nancy without any purchases. Police also think it may have been a hit. There is a $100,000 reward.
Alexandria police consider this case an active homicide case.
From the Alexandria police:
Detectives are seeking the help of any business, personal friend, associate, acquaintance, or neighbor of Nancy Dunning, in an attempt to reconstruct as much detail as possible regarding her activities and relationships over the past several years. A substantial reward is being offered for any information leading to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for this Dec. 5, 2003, homicide.
If you have any information, please submit it using this form or by calling the Criminal Investigations Section at 703.838.4711. Even the slightest detail could be significant. If you do not want to be considered for a reward and will not allow police to contact you for additional information, you may submit your information anonymously.