Sunday, July 14

Sheriff’s Office Makes Arrest in 2014 Cold Case

ASHEBORO N.C. – On February 7th, 2023, the Sheriff’s Office announced they had made an arrest in connection with the 2014 murder of Tammy Sellers Holland. Holland, who was found stabbed to death inside her home on October 28, 2014.

According to the information from the Sheriff’s Office, on the day Holland’s body was discovered, a neighbor who had been attempting to contact Holland went to the residence after work to check on her in person. When Holland didn’t come to the door, the neighbor peered in the window and saw Holland in the living room and called 911.

According to the autopsy report released by the N.C. Medical Examiner’s office, Holland had been stabbed multiple times and succumbed to those injuries. Her death was ruled a homicide.

Following a lengthy investigation into the cold case, Randolph County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Detectives reviewed the case with the District Attorney’s Office. On January 26th, 2023, a warrant was sought for Roy Lee White, age 50, for felony accessory after the fact of first-degree murder.

On February 7th, 2023, at 11:10 pm, the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Apprehension Team located and apprehended White at the Econo Lodge on Brentwood St., High Point, NC. White was transported to the Randolph County Detention Center and taken in front of the magistrate, who issued a $60,000 secured bond and set a first appearance for February 8, 2023, in Randolph County District Court.

White cooperated with detectives and identified Holland’s killer as Florence Elizabeth Keene, who died in 2018. White and Keene, who were reportedly married, were neighbors to and associates with Holland, and were questioned by detectives at the time of the murder. However, White’s arrest in connection to this case was the culmination of a three-year, cold case investigation by multiple detectives.

At the time of her death, Holland worked at Elizabeth’s Pizza in Thomasville, where she had been for 11 years. She was described in a story following her death as a devoted employee and friend, a kind person beloved by her colleagues.

Roy Lee White

  • Felony – Accessory after the fact of first-degree murder

$60,000 secured bond