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 Panasoffkee||1971-0291|
|Erith Wybert Hall||1970-0384|
|Oak Grove Cemetery Double Murder||1972-0152|
On February 22, 1972, at or around 8AM, the bodies of 19 year old Shirley Elizabeth Whitten and 26 year old Roger Dale Higgins were discovered in the Oak Grove Cemetery at the end of CR 232 in Wildwood, Florida. Both persons were determined to be the victims of homicide as they were both stabbed multiple times. Shirley Whitten worked at the Union 76 Truck Stop at the time of her death. Roger Dale Higgins had just accepted a new position as a lumper for a moving company and had stopped in to rest at the truck stop with his employer.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Marilyn Elizabeth McKenzia||1976-0651|
|John Doe Skeletal Remains||1977-0072|
|Virginia Mary Ries||1979-0480|
|David Richard Edwards||1979-1149|
|Jan David Fox||1992-1126|
|Robert Lee Preston||2006-213708|
|Charles Franklin Huff||2004-114700|