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On May 2, 1979, the skeletal remains of 19 year old Virginia Mary Ries were discovered in a wooded median strip on Interstate 75 just north of Exit 309 in Webster, Florida. Virginia Ries was last seen leaving her mother's home located in Punta Gorda, Flori...


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Criminal Investigations Division

The Sumter County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations and Forensic Services Division is staffed with highly skilled, dedicated men and women who are devoted to solving crime in their community. With an emphasis on the use of physical evidence, cutting edge forensic science techniques and emerging technology, the Division boasts a clearance rate of solved crimes much higher than the state average.

The Criminal Investigations and Forensic Services Division are divided into five Units:

  • Property Crimes
  • Major Case
  • Career Criminal
  • Narcotics/V.I.C.E.
  • Forensic Services

The Detectives and Technicians assigned to these squads receive specialized training in their chosen fields of expertise.

In addition to investigative duties, the Detectives assigned to the Career Criminal Squad are responsible for the monitoring and registration of Sexual Offenders, Sexual Predators, and convicted felons living in Sumter County.

All squads, with the exception of the Narcotics/V.I.C.E. Squad, can be reached by calling (352) 569-1680. The Narcotics/V.I.C.E. Squad can be reached at (352) 793-1256.

Victim's Advocate

The Victim's Advocate is also assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division. The Advocate ensures victims receive the counseling and compensation that many crime victims are entitled to receive.