Zebb Wayne Quinn

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Above Images: Quinn, circa 2000


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: January 2, 2000 from Asheville, North Carolina
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: May 12, 1981
  • Age: 18 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'9 - 5'10, 165 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, blue/gray eyes. Quinn has scars between his ring and middle fingers on both of his hands. He wears contact lenses.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A white t-shirt with a logo, a plaid button-down shirt, Tommy Hilfiger jeans or khaki pants and a gold chain necklace.
  • Medical Conditions: Quinn has an unspecified organizational/learning disability.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Quinn was employed at the Wal-Mart store on Hendersonville Road in Asheville, North Carolina in 2000. He departed from work at 9:00 p.m. on January 2 of that year and met his friend, Robert "Jason" Owens, in the store's parking lot (some agencies may spell his last name "Owen"). Quinn planned to look at a Mitsubish Eclipse he was considering purchasing in the near future. Owens said he was accompanying Quinn and they drove separate cars to the location. A security camera videotape at the Eblen Citgo gas station on Hendersonville Road showed Quinn and Owens entering the store to purchase sodas at approximately 9:15 p.m. Owens's Ford pickup truck and Quinn's light blue Mazda Protege are seen pulling away from the station on the tape several minutes later. Both vehicles were headed towards Long Shoals Road.

    Owens told authorities that Quinn flashed his headlights sometime prior to 9:30 p.m. The men were near TC Roberson High School on Long Shoals Road in Asheville at the time. Owens said they both pulled over to the side of the road and Quinn told him he received a page. Owens stated that Quinn drove away to make a phone call at that time. Owens told authorities that Quinn returned approximately ten minutes later and rear-ended Owens's truck. Quinn apologized for the accident and said that he could not look at the vehicle as planned that evening, then he drove away. He has never been heard from again.

    Owens was treated for head injuries and a broken rib he claimed to have incurred during an unrelated automobile accident during the early morning hours of January 3, several hours after Quinn disappeared. Owens stated that the accident occurred near The Waffle House restaurant on Long Shoals Road by the intersection of Interstate 26. No accident had been filed anywhere in the county, however, and Owens's injuries were not consistent with a vehicle collision. Owens called Wal-Mart on January 4, pretending to be Quinn, and reported that Quinn was ill and would not be arriving for his shift that day. He later admitted he'd made the call but said he'd done it because Quinn asked him to. After giving his inital statement about the disappearance, he refused to cooperate further with police.

    Quinn's Mazda Protege was discovered abandoned on January 16, two weeks after his disappearance. The vehicle was located in the parking lot of The Little Pigs Barbecue restaurant on McDowell Street. A plastic hotel key and a female black Labrador mix puppy, approximately three months old, were found inside Quinn's car, as well as several empty drink bottles, hairs, and a jacket that didn't belong to Quinn. The puppy wasn't his either, and was adopted by one of the police officers who investigated Quinn's case. A large pair of lips and two exclamation points had been drawn in orange-pink lipstick on the rear windshield, and the driver's seat was adjusted for someone shorter than Quinn. There was no sign of him at the scene. The vehicle was parked nearby Mission St. Joseph's Hospital, where Quinn's grandmother, mother and sister all worked as neonatal nurses.

    Authorities believe that foul play was involved in Quinn's disappearance and are investigating his case as a homicide. In 2009, they collected hair, saliva and fingerprint samples from a female friend of his, but they stated the woman isn't a suspect in his disappearance. Quinn told his loved ones that the woman's boyfriend was abusive to her and he himself was in trouble because of his relationship with the woman. He told one coworker someone had threatened his life. No charges have brought against anyone in connection with Quinn's case, although police are actively investigating it. They stated they believe more than one person was involved in Quinn's disappearance and presumed murder.

    In the years after Quinn's disappearance, Owens spent a total of 23 months in prison for various minor crimes. In March 2015, he was charged with the murders of Joseph "JT" Cood, Cristie Schoen Codd, and Cristie's unborn child in Leicester, North Carolina. The couple, who had hired Owens to perform some construction work on their home, were reported missing on March 15. Authorities believe Owens killed them on March 12 and burglarized their home, which is half a mile away from his own. A photo of him is posted below this case summary. The victims' bodies weren't found until several days after Owens's arrest. Authoirites executed a search warrant on his property and found "hard fragments" and shreds of leather and fabric under a layer of soil and concrete; the evidence was submitted for analysis. They think it's possible Quinn's remains were buried somewhere on the property.

    Quinn was involved with the ROTC while a student at Roberson High School. He was a student at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College at the time of his disappearance and made good grades. Quinn's family describes him as a naive young man who was close to his family and would never have left without warning. He didn't take money, clothes, contact lens solution or any other items that he would have needed if he had left of his own accord. His case remains unsolved.

    Above: Robert Jason Owens in 2015


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Asheville Police Department



    Source Information
    The National Center for Missing Adults
    North Carolina State Bureau Of Investigation
    Asheville-Buncombe CrimeStoppers
    The Asheville Citizen-Times
    CrimeNews 2000
    The Mountain Xpress
    Missing in Asheville
    Fox Carolina
    New York Daily News
    WLOS 13


    Updated 11 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updpated June 19, 2015; details of disappearance updated.

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