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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.

Click on a cold case title to see more information about a specific case.

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
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
Charles Franklin Huff2004-114700

On November 25, 2004, 76-year-old Charles Huff was reported missing from his home 3971 Laurel Branch Ct in Lakeland, FL. Polk County Deputies searched the Green Swamp Management Area believing Mr. Huff may have gone there to hunt. Deputies located Mr. Charles Huff's White Mazda truck in the Sumter County portion of the management area. After an extensive search and years of investigation, Charles Huff was presumed dead in 2010.

The Sumter County Sheriff's Office is seeking new information in regards to Mr. Huff's disappearance. If you or someone you know has information regarding this case, please contact Detective Darren Norris at the Sumter County Sheriff's Office by telephone at (352)569-1600 or (352)569-1680, by fax (352)569-1605 or by email at dnorris@sumtercountysheriff.org.