Browsing: Unsolved

homestead_horse_legSouth Florida SPCA

This morning, a man riding through a fairly empty area of Homestead, Florida — a farming community Just southwest of Miami — pulled his horse to a screeching halt. He called Laurie Waggoner, director of branch operations for the South Florida Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, also known as the SPCA, and said he had found something awful.

“He saw the remains of a horse,” Waggoner tells New Times. “He said it was badly decomposed.” It was the second horse found slaughtered in Homestead in as many days, leading Waggoner and the SPCA to draw one frightening conclusion: “Someone’s stealing horses and butchering them,” she says.

morgue-freezer-maimi-new-timesPhoto by Fer Gregory / Shutterstock.com

Cedrick Carnell Camper Jr. died with $500 in his sock. That was only the beginning.

On Friday, May 27, as medical students from Nova Southeastern University watched, five staff members from the Broward County morgue examined his body. One noticed something protruding from the sock.

Deputy chief medical examiner Dr. Michael Steckbauer, a Davieresident and Air Force veteran with three years at the coroner’s office, placed the money in a manila envelope, according to a police report. He sealed it with evidence tape. Later that afternoon, he realized the envelope was missing. He retraced his steps, thoroughly searched the morgue, and X-rayed the body. But he couldn’t find the money.

detectives_recall_cold_casesCourtesy of Miami Police Department/via Florida State Library and Archives

Retired Miami-Dade Police Det. Greg Smith spent 31 years investigating some of Miami’s most brutal crimes, from drug-fueled shootouts to heartbreaking family disputes turned violent. But ask him which killing he can’t get out of his mind, and he’ll answer without a moment’s hesitation: the 1967 murder of Coral Gables Police Officer Walter Stathers.

Read about the unsolved murders that still haunt Smith and four other detectives.

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Under the gleam of an electronic billboard, family and friends gathered in a circle, holding candles and saying prayers.

Looking down on them was the image of two smiling 27-year-old women captioned with a question: “Who killed Melissa Mason and Nicole Glass?”

It was the fifth year family and friends of the two slain Phoenix women have gathered on December 3, to mourn the deaths of Melissa and Nicole. And tragically for the womens’ family, the case remains unsolved.

No suspects have been disclosed. There is no apparent motive.

 

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