Roanoke Cold Case Detective Dies Of Cancer

Roanoke, VA - Roanoke Police Department officers have added black sashes to their badges, as one of their own passed away after a battle with cancer.

Detective Lin Manning, Roanoke P.D.'s 2013 "Detective of the Year", was just 42 years old.{}

Detective Manning joined the department in 1997 and{}moved up to the the Major Crimes Squad in 2007.{}

Described as a "man's man" a fellow detective{}said there was nothing anyone could say bad about him.

Manning, the department's lead cold case investigator, was known for his serious work ethic, his love for his family and community as well as his vast knowledge-base that was called on daily by his fellow officers.{}

Manning had been struggling with a form of oral cancer for more than a year.

Saturday, however, was Detective Manning's last stand as the cancer had spread to his throat.... ultimately killing him.

"It's been tough. It's definitely been tough. We are not going to fill his shoes. We'll get somebody in there that will be able to come in and work with us, of course, but we are never going to be able to replace him," said Manning's supervisor, Sgt. Duane Jones.

Manning, who also served in the 82nd Airborne, leaves behind a wife and step children.

His funeral is set for Thursday.