In the early morning of Feb 12, 2004, Joy Hayward checked into a motel after getting into an argument with her boyfriend whom she was visiting in Chester Pa. While Joy had checked in around 1:30 am, for unknown reasons she left the hotel and waited nearly 90 minutes before she headed to her room for the first time.
During those 90 minutes, Joy's whereabouts and actions are unknown. There are no witness sightings of her during that time, no phone calls- nothing to leave a clue as to what went on.
What we do know is that the desk clerk at Days Inn has given statements that after arriving back at the hotel around 3 am, Joy spoke to the desk clerk for a moment, before getting into an elevator to head to her room. The desk clerk has also stated that an unknown black man appeared to follow Joy into the elevator. Soon after, Joy called the front desk insisting she needed help. The phone line went dead, and the desk clerk simply ignored the plea for help.
. The next day it was discovered that she had been murdered in her hotel room. The hotel cleaning staff found her body in the bathtub at around 4:00pm on the 12th. She was thought to have been dead for 12 hours. Police investigating the scene said that the beds were made with her clothes neatly folded on one of them. There were Newport and Marlboro light cigarette butts found floating in water in the ice bucket. Her cell phone was missing as was another cell phone that belonged to her boyfriend Mike. Mike told police that she had taken both cell phones that night because she was mad and didn't want him to call her.
The investigation of Joy's murder has never been completed. There are no suspects, no witnesses and from what I've been able to gather- little evidence that anyone other than Joy's family and friends is even interested in solving the case. Her loved ones are hoping to change that- and are taking their cause to the internet is hopes that someone out there might be able to give them the answers they so clearly need.
Please take a moment, pretend that this is your daughter, your sister, your loved one- and read the following links on Joy's case.
Who killed Annapolis native Joy Hayward?
Joy Patricia Hayward- fr: CrimeShadowNews