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“Person of interest” identified in disappearance and death of teenager Molly Bish

(CNN) –A “person of interest” has been identified in the 2000 death of Massachusetts teenager, officials announced on Thursday. The announcement by the Worcester County District Attorney’s office comes just weeks before the 21st anniversary of the disappearance of Molly Bish on June 27, 2000. Francis “Frank” P. Sumner Sr, who was previously convicted of sexual assault and kidnapping, is being investigated after law enforcement recently received new information. Sumner died in 2016. Bish’s parents said they are hopeful there will a resolution to the...

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Detectives continue search for killer in 2003 Collier County cold case

IMMOKALEE, Fla. – Investigators are asking for information on an unsolved Collier County murder from nearly 18 years ago. According to Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers, the body of Catalina Lechuga was found near Rose Avenue and East Delaware Avenue in Immokalee in 2003. A deputy with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office discovered the 39-year-old’s body in a wooded-area after they were flagged down by someone who found the body, officials said. Investigators said Lechuga had died from multiple stab wounds. Authorities are asking anyone with information on the woman’s...

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Team of Charlotte County detectives take on cold case murders

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. – Once a murder case goes cold it can be nearly impossible to solve. But the three-man team in Charlotte county said they’ll talk to anyone and go anywhere to find answers. Mike Vogel and Mike Gandy work cold cases. Back in 2009, they and their third partner were assigned 18 cases. Now, they’re down to 15. Most recently solving the 30-year-old murder of Sharon Gill. “It makes you feel good that you can help somebody like that,” Detective Mike Gandy said. “It just makes it a little bit easier to live with, I think. I don’t think...

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Detectives continue search for killer in 1980 DeSoto County cold case

DESOTO COUNTY, Fla. – Investigators are still searching for the killer of a 36-year-old man who was found dead in a DeSoto County creek in 1980. The body of Merritt Wheeler Sr. was found on October 8, 1980, in Horse Creek near the bridge at County Road 769, according to Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers. Detectives said it was clear that Wheeler had suffered injuries before being placed in the water and the case was determined to be a homicide. Over 40 years later, investigators are still asking for tips to help solve the cold case. Authorities are asking anyone with information to...

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