Real Name: April Renee Gregory
Nicknames: No known nicknames
Location: Syracuse, New York
Date: May 24, 1996
Date of Birth: September 30, 1977
Weight: 200 pounds
Marital Status: Unrevealed
Characteristics: African-American female. Black hair, brown eyes.
Details: Eighteen-year-old April Gregory was a psychology student at Syracuse University who took her schoolwork very seriously. After completing her freshman year, she enrolled in several summer classes. At 11:45pm on May 24, 1996, her brother, Lamar, dropped her off at her dorm, Sadler Hall. He helped put her bags at the front. As he left, he saw her enter the dorm. She then went to her seventh floor dorm room and vanished without a trace.
Authorities believe that something happened to her between 12am and 5am, but they had few clues. They noticed that her suitcase was not completely unpacked, suggesting that she was interrupted. Also, her work uniform was missing. Investigators looked into the possibility that she was abducted while walking to work. However, they could find no evidence to support this theory.
Suspects: None known
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the September 20, 1996 episode, along with that of Kristin Smart, who vanished on the same night as April.
Results: Solved. Shortly after April's disappearance, investigators discovered that she had been dating a thirty-year-old neighbor named Terrance Evans. They became suspicious after finding inconsistencies in his statements. They also discovered that he missed work on the day she vanished. In November 1997, after several interviews, he confessed to her murder and led police to her remains. He told investigators that during an argument, he pushed her and she hit her head on a speaker. He then put her into her bed but did not seek medical attention. When he woke up the next morning, she was dead.
Terrance told investigators that he originally buried April in the backyard, but dug her up when they started questioning him about her disappearance. He then dismembered her body and placed the pieces in several hiding places in his home. Investigators believe that he intended to kill her, so he was arrested and charged with second-degree murder. He was later convicted and sentenced to twenty-five years to life in prison. He will be eligible for parole in 2022.
- April Gregory on Unsolved Archive
- Missing Student's Parents Accuse School of Neglect
- Man is Charged as Remains of Student Are Found
- Short Takes: Missing Syracuse University Student Found Dead
- Suspect spoke calmly of his "heavy burden"
- Suspect in dismemberment of Syracuse coed on trial
- New, gruesome details of April Gregory murder case
- 20 years after body of missing SU student found, detective reflects on his most memorable case
- Terrance Evans Inmate Information
- April Gregory on Find a Grave