Asheville PD search for man who might have info on homicide victim found at abandoned Denny's

Shelby Harris
Asheville Citizen Times

Asheville Police are searching for a man they believe was seen with Kimberly Michelle Randall, whose body was found in an abandoned Denny’s off Patton Avenue Oct. 27. 

Randall’s body was located while police were conducting a search of the abandoned building, according to an Asheville Police press release. 

On Oct. 29, the department said the 49-year-old's death was being investigated as a homicide. No cause of death has been released pending results from an autopsy, according to her death certificate.

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Public records show Randall lived in Weaverville and had two children. Her family did not immediately respond to a Citizen Times request for comment. 

On Nov. 15, Asheville Police released surveillance video of a man believed to be with Randall “recently.” Police did not say if the man was considered a suspect in Randall’s homicide; only that he is someone who “could possibly have information vital to the investigation,” according to an APD press release. 

Anyone with information can anonymously share by texting TIP2APD to 847411 or using the TIP2APD smartphone app. Information can also be shared by calling 828-252-1110.

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Randall’s death is Asheville’s 10th homicide of 2021 and the third of October. On Oct. 2, law enforcement found the body of 19-year-old Jose Reynoso Ramirez in the Swannanoa River near Azalea Road. Two weeks later, 40-year-old Benjamin Lee Hoffman II was found near the same area in the river.

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Shelby Harris is a reporter covering breaking news, education and other topics. She can be reached at sharris@citizentimes.com or on Twitter @_shelbyharris.