Tuesday, June 18, 2013

ZEBB QUINN - Missing young man from NC

I saw this missing young man's story on Investigation Discovery (ID) and could actually feel the mom's pain... I decided to see if I could pick up anything of any value on ZEBB QUINN and try to help.... Here are the details on his case, so far....
Missing Man: Zebb Quinn--NC--01/02/2000
« on: January 25, 2010, 09:03:29 AM »

Zebb Wayne Quinn

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

Missing Since: January 2, 2000 from Asheville, North Carolina
Classification: Endangered Missing

DOB: May 12,1981
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 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 organizational/learning disability.

Details of Disappearance

Quinn was employed at the Wal-Mart store on Hendersonville Road in Asheville, NC in 2000. He departed from work at 9 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 Mistubishi Eclipe 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 Rd. 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 puling 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 that they both pulled over to the side of the road and Quinn told him he recieved 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 he accident occurred near The Waffle House restaurant on Long Shoals Road by the intersection of Interstate 26. Owens called Wal-Mart on January 4 and reported that Quinn was ill and would not be arriving for his shift that day.  After giving his initial statement about Quinn's 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 live black Labrador puppy, approximately three months old, and a plastic hotel key 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 was also not his.  A pair of lips and two exclamation points had been drawn in orange- pink lipstick on the rear windshield, and the drivers' 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 work as neonatal nurses.

Authorities believe that foul play was involved in Quinnn'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 hear 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 been 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.

Quinn was involved with the ROTC while a student at Roberson High School.  He was a student at Asheville-Bucnombe 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.

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Asheville Police Department at 828-252-1110 or 828-259-5910.


  1. I am assuming that police thoroughly dusted Ben's car for prints so why didn't someone else's prints show up? The lipstick drawing certainly has a female nuance to it, a possible act to humiliate Ben, perhaps conjured up by Misty's boyfriend. I wonder if all pet stores were contacted to see if a black labrador puppy was sold to someone. Or, if there were any mewspaper ads selling lab puppies. The car was going to be spotted anyway with the large lipstick prints on so why was the dog added in the staging of his death. What was the relationship between Misty and her abusive boyfriend like after Ben's disappearance? How long did they stay together. Perhaps Misty had to participate in Ben's disappearance to please her boyfriend.

    Best of luck to you through this trying time,
    Laurence L Smith

  2. The car was a message to make fun of Zebb's "puppy love" for Misty - shown by the puppy & the lips (love). The killer was making fun of Zebb's crush on Misty. Also, I wonder if Owens lured Zebb to a trap with Misty's boyfriend. Tim (

  3. Watched this myself, and it was pretty blatant the "people of interest" involved know exactly what happened to him. Jason's reason for trying to impersonate Zebb on the phone doesn't make any sense at all. As judge Judy says "if it doesn't make sense, it's because it's a lie".

  4. Jason Owens' employer stated that the morning after Zebb went missing, Owens had called in late to work. Hmm, very suspicious. I wonder how late, not that it matters much. I say he was late because he was up all night committing a crime against Zebb, along with Misty & her boyfriend or they were still covering up the murder/kidnapping of him. I wonder if they drove the body out of the area & that is why Owens had to be late to work. Ownes sustained a broken rib & head injuries at the time that Zebb went missing. Maybe Owens' injuries were from Zebb fighting back against Jason Owens' & Misty's boyfriend's attack on him. I do believe Zebb has been murdered by those two & that he was lured to some location by either Owens, Misty, or the aunt, Ina Ustich, or a combination of them. This is one I'd really like to see solved, especially, because these awful people set up & took advantage of this extremely naive, nice kid.

  5. Misty and the boyfriend are still together, now with 3 children. Amazingly, still living in the area!

  6. Maybe that explains why she hasn't told what she knows on Wesley Smith yet... but one day when they start having problems, and that reward money increases... who knows? But for now Wesley keep trying to keep her happy for your sake, hell hath no fury like a woman scorned!

  7. Nothing about this story makes any sense. I can not find "anyone of interest" who seemed to have benefited by this young man's death. And, apart from his mother and sister, no one seemed to be passionately involved in resolving this mystery. What a tragedy!

  8. What are your thoughts on Jason Owens murdering 2 people recently? If cops had tried harder and Owens was the killer this could have been prevented. Sad all around!

  9. Reported to the local police (in Mount Shasta CA).Many sightings of Jebb Quinn at the Chaetae Shasta RV park.


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