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The Unsolved Murder of Sylena Jo Dalton And The Kidnapping Of Her 2 Month Old Infant Still Unsolved


Photo of Baby Allyson taken in 1998 as a newborn

Allyson Dalton has been missing since the morning of July 27, 1998 when she was just an infant. Her mother, 20-year-old Sylena Jo Dalton, was murdered at their second-floor apartment on 175 South Charles Street, Apartment B-8, Strasburg, Virginia and Allyson was kidnapped at the scene.

Both Sylena and Allyson were last seen alive by a family member at 7:45 AM but when a co-worker arrived at the apartment later that afternoon she came upon Sylena’s body on the couch. She had been stabbed to death and 2 month old Allyson, along with several baby bottles, were nowhere to be found.

Neighbors stated they heard no screams or disturbances.

Authorities believe both the murder and abduction took place between 9:15am – 10:30 am.

In 2001 Sylena’s mother filed a wrongful death suit against her daughter’s former boyfriend, Daniel E. Pompell, seeking $1.5 million in damages. She claims that Pompell killed Sylena and kidnapped Allyson. It is unknown if she was successful in the suit. At the time of the murder Sylena had listed Pompell as the baby’s “probable father” on paperwork filed with the state Division of Child Support Enforcement, according to a warrant filed in Fauquier County. The warrant also stated that he was at Dalton’s apartment “at the approximate time of her death” and “angry about the possibility of additional financial obligations on him if paternity of the child was proven”.

Police did search the Warrenton home of Pompell, then 29, but found no sign of Allyson and no evidence that would point to him.

The murder weapon has never been located and baby Allyson, who would be a teenager today, remains missing.


The photo to the left is a composite sketch showing what Allyson may look at 12 years old.

Classified: Non-Family Abduction
Full Name: Allyson Kathleen Dalton
Missing From: Strasburg, VA
Date of Birth: May 17, 1998
Date of Disappearance: 7/27/98
Age Then: 2 months Age Now: 15
Missing From: Strasburg, VA
Sex: Female Race: White
Hair: Brown Eye: Blue
Height: 1’8″ Weight: 8 lbs
NCMEC Case#: 850707

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to please contact:
Virginia State Police 540-829-7766
And/Or Virginia State Police – Bureau of Criminal Investigations 1-800-572-2260
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children 1-800-THE-LOST

Virginia State Police Still Searching For Rockingham County Woman Who Went Missing Saturday

Cobb-HarriettVirginia State Police are searching for Harriet Cobb, a Rockingham County woman who has been missing since earlier this week.

Cobb, 62, was last seen by her family on Saturday afternoon, March 9, 2013 in Rockingham. Her family reported her missing the following day on Sunday, March 10, 2013 when she failed to contact them, something she regularly did.

Cobb’s car was discovered abandoned in Bath County on the morning of March 11, 2013. The vehicle, a 2006 silver, BMW 325i, was discovered near Back Creek on Route 39 about a ½ mile from Route 600 in Bath County, which is located in the Mountain Grove Community.

VSPD has spent over 3 days following tips and leads, and searching Back Creek and the surrounding area using dive teams and a helicopter.

Police found no signs to indicate foul play and don’t believe she was abducted however, her disappearance is unusual and they’re concerned.

Outdated photo of Harriet Cobb

Classified: Endangered Missing
Full Name: Harriet C. Cobb
Last Seen In: Rockingham County Virginia
Vehicle Discovered In: Bath County
Race: White Sex: Female
Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
Height: 5’3″
Weight: 115 pounds
Clothing: She was last seen wearing a light green shirt and black pants.

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to please contact: Virginia State Police Salem Division at 1-800-542-5959.