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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

On October 11, 1979, the body of 21 year old David Richard Edwards was discovered just off of W CR-48 approximately three miles west of Interstate 75 in Bushnell, Florida. David Edwards was determined to be the victim of homicide resulting from multiple gunshot wounds. He was last seen as he left his home in Ocala on the way to the Super Bowl Bowling Alley also in Ocala on October 8, 1979. The victim's 1979 Silver Pontiac Trans Am was later found parked and abandoned at the Tampa International Airport. The victim's credit card was also found to have been used in Tampa with two suspects being present at the time of sale.

Anyone with any possible information, 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.


Luellen Gadson1981-0583
Jan David Fox1992-1126
Robert Lee Preston2006-213708
Jaime Ortiz-Morales2007-040775
Charles Franklin Huff2004-114700