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Cold Case Files

The Sumter County Sheriff's Office remains committed to the families of homicide victims in bringing those responsible for these acts to justice. It is based on that commitment that this Cold Case page is presented to you as we ask for your assistance. Frequently cases are solved due to a citizen coming forward and providing that vital piece of evidence which had been previously unknown to authorities. No matter how small or insignificant you feel your information might seem, please provide it to the Cold Case Unit.

All information provided to the Unit is assessed as a part of the bigger picture or entire puzzle. Many times there is only one missing piece needed to bring a case to justice. Your assistance could make the difference in bringing justice and closure to a victim and their family.

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Cold Case List
Little Miss Lake Panasoffkee1971-0291
Erith Wybert Hall1970-0384
Oak Grove Cemetery Double Murder1972-0152
Marilyn Elizabeth McKenzia1976-0651
John Doe Skeletal Remains1977-0072

On January 23, 1977, at approximately 4:45PM, the skeletal remains of an unidentified male were discovered off of Florida SR-44 approximately 5 miles west of Interstate 75. The remains were uncovered inside what is known as the Ventura Ranch just inside the fence line. The cause of death was determined to be a homicide as a result of trauma to the head. The remains were that of a black male estimated to be between 57 and 62 years of age. The victim was believed to be approximately 5'6" and 170 lbs. He would likely have had a muscular build and his upper row of teeth were missing with three remaining on the lower row. The victim was found wearing a brown shirt, brown pants, and bright blue size 10 penny loafer style shoes. The victim had in his possession a men's stainless steel Ermano brand diver's style watch.

Anyone with any possible information, please contact Detective Darren Norris at the Sumter County Sheriffs Office by telephone at (352)569-1600 or (352)569-1680, by fax (352)569-1605 or by email at dnorris@sumtercountysheriff.org.


Virginia Mary Ries1979-0480
Addie Torrance1979-0683
David Richard Edwards1979-1149
Luellen Gadson1981-0583
Jan David Fox1992-1126
Robert Lee Preston2006-213708
Jaime Ortiz-Morales2007-040775