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DeSotoBelow is a list of unsolved murders or disappearances being handled by authorities in DeSoto County, FL. Some cases are as old as 1975 and some are as new as 2009.
If you have any information regarding these cases you’re urged to please contact: The Criminal Investigations Division of The DeSoto Co. Sheriff’s Office at (863) 993-4700. —  You can also submit an (anonymous) online tip regarding unsolved crimes in DeSoto County by clicking HERE. –
All calls can remain anonymous. If you believe, but are not sure, of a possibly suspect you’re still urged to contact police so they can look into it.

Source: DeSoto Sheriff Website

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joseph_kinvilleOn March 1, 1999, the body of 16-year-old Joseph Kinville was  discovered in a field off Robin Road in DeSoto County, Florida.

Investigators investigating the scene, along with medical examiners, believe Kinville was the victim of homicide, however, his case remains unsolved.

Very little information regarding this case is available online.

Anyone with information regarding this cold case is asked to please contact: Criminal Investigations Division of The DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office – (863) 993-4700.

All calls can remain anonymous. If you’re not sure but believe you know the suspect involved, you’re still urged to contact police.

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michael_chitwoodMichael Roger Chitwood was abducted from his DeSoto County home on August 12, 1975. Two days after his abduction, his body was found in the Kissimmee River in Okeechobee County.

It is obvious that Chitwood was murdered and intentionally placed in the river but over 37 years later, his case remains cold.

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kellie-jo-krum krum_kelsiKellie Jo Krum was 21-year-old and her daughter Kelsi Krum was 8 months when they vanished from their Arcadia home in DeSoto County on August 11, 1994 at approximately 11:30PM – 12AM. Kellie’s cousin, James Dennis “Jimbo” Ford, was the last known person to have seen her alive. Kellie was planning to move in with her parents to Sebring, FL and apparently was packing the night she disappeared. Ford also told police that when he was leaving Kellie’s apartment, she was on the phone with an unknown individual. Kellie and Kelsi Krum haven’t been seen or heard from since.

Authorities say that evidence and information collected suggest suspicious circumstances.

Foul play is suspected. Keep in mind it is possible that Kellie was murdered and Kelsi was kidnapped and raised elsewhere. This is just one of my theories and no evidence suggest this.

Anyone with information regarding this cold case is urged to contact: Detective Kim Sandoval of the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office (863) 993-4700 and/or the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children 1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE LOST).

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donald_manleyDonald M. Manley was 43 when he was last seen in Arcadia on September, 2001 but wasn’t reported missing until October 2, 2001. Shortly after, his car was located in a remote area in Sarasota County, Florida. Manley has never been found and his whereabouts remain unknown.

Manley is described as a Caucasian male with brown hair, blue eyes. 5’8” tall, weighing approximately 180 pounds. He would be turning 55 this year.

Very few details could be found regarding this case.

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to contact Detective Sgt. Kim Sandoval of the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office – (863)993-4700.

 

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smith_unsolvedChristopher D. Smith was found deceased in his Nocatee home in DeSoto on October 1, 2009 in what is believed to be a homicide. His case remains unsolved and family and loved ones continue to mourn his death and leave him messages on a Facebook memorial page titled In Loving Memory of Christopher Deon Smith

One of the comments on the memorial page is from a loved one who posted this past September. She says;

Well today makes 1,095 days (3yrs) since someone chose to take you from us,I misss you so much baby,no one will ever know the kind of pain I have been through,I would give ANYTHING to see you,hold you,see your smile,and talk to you one more time,It sure does not seem like it has been 3 yrs,at times seems like it was just last night,ppl always say time will heal or it gets better with time,so not sure why they tell that lie,because it does not get better,at times this day plays over and over in my mind and nothing makes it stop,your family misses you so much and your sisters,I so wish I could have been there for you baby that night,would give anything to change that,I would have given my life to save you,I just wanna see you again one day and we can catch up on everything,and Chris plz watch over your family exp aunt Rhonda she really changed so much since you passed,we all miss you and I know you an daddy and aunt wanda are cuttin up in heaven and eatin good,It is not goodbye its see you later on the other side,ma loves you and nobody in heaen is better than you kid ♥ ♥ ♥ P.S cant wait for you to tell me what happened that night

Anyone with information as to this investigation is asked to call LT Kim Sandoval of the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office at (863)993-4700.

MailOnline Article Published 02/02/13, BRUNSWICK, GA  —

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A medical examiner has ruled that a Georgia county commissioner who drowned near a boat dock after suffering a gunshot to the head committed suicide, the county coroner said Friday.

Police found the body of 52-year-old Glynn County Commissioner Tom Sublett early on Dec. 11 in the water beside a docked boat on St. Simons Island. His wallet was in his back pocket and still contained his driver’s license and credit cards. An empty gun holster and a magazine loaded with 9mm bullets were found in Sublett’s car nearby, but no gun was recovered.

Glynn County Coroner Jimmy Durden said in a telephone interview that the manner of death according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab in Savannah is going to be suicide.

That conclusion is bound to prove contentious in the coastal community that was shocked by Sublett’s death two weeks before Christmas.

Authorities have spent nearly two months conducting a homicide investigation into Sublett’s death while offering a reward of $70,000 raised from fellow officials, friends and other private donors. And some evidence seems to contradict evidence that Sublett killed himself. Durden confirmed Friday that Sublett’s hands were bound in front of him when police found his body.

An attorney for Sublett’s family said his wife and other relatives ‘strongly disagree’ with any finding that he killed himself after leaving a poker game with friends.

‘There’s no history or even a notion of depression in Tom Sublett. There’s no alcohol abuse or drug abuse,’ Johnson said. ‘He was living his life in a normal way and proceeding with the normal daily activities and holiday season activities at the time this happened.’

GBI spokesman John Bankhead would not confirm that Sublett’s death had been ruled a suicide.

Dailymail (MailOnline) has the full story

Karen_KingKaren Lynn King (pictured left) is a 52-year-old woman from Canton, Georgia who is wanted by authorities for murdering her husband, 46-year-old Lyndon Baines Smith in Cherokee County 10 months ago.

Police say King as well as her two sons, 22-year-old Lyndon Ahlik Smith and 17-year-old Alonte Lyndell Smith, along with 22-year-old Robert Sylva Jr, 22-year-old Melvin Floyd and 24-year-old Will Cortez Robinson, also known as his stage name ”Scrapp Deleon,” all residents of Atlanta, Georgia, to help her murder her husband who was also the father of Lyndon and Alonte.

King and the five young men had planned and plotted what they were going to do for some time and on March 4, 2012, they put their plan into action.

Smith was unknowingly lured by his sons to a BridgeMill community in Canton  and while there, the five men attacked him. After beating him, Melvin Floyd placed his body into a 2004 Mercury Sable and drove to Alabama. During this long ride, Smith was still clinging to life in the trunk.

Floyd was stopped during a routine traffic stop and cops suspected something illegal was going on due to Floyd’s suspicious behavior. They asked him to get out of the vehicle, placed handcuffs on him, and proceeded to search his car. When they opened the trunk they discovered the badly beaten body of Smith, who was near death. Floyd was immediately arrested and Smith was rushed to the local hospital where he died shortly after.

The other four suspects, including Smith’s two sons, were all eventually arrested but Karen King, who was dubbed the ”mastermind” behind the murder, remains on the run.

According to authorities, King has ties to Miami, Florida which is the same City her son was captured in.

Karen King’s Description:

Sex: Female
Race: Black
Current Age: 52
Height: 5’3″
Weight: 149
Hair (Color, Description, Facial Hair):
Black
Eyes:
Brown
Scars and Tattoos:
Tattoo of heart on back right shoulder with the word “Harvey’s GIrl” inside. Non-specific tattoo on left breast.
Traits and Habits:
Always travels with her two pet Shih Tzu dogs named Isabella and Amari
Last Seen:
Canton , GA
Other Possible Locations:
Miami , FL
Last Known Locations:
Canton , GA
4140 Gold Mill Ridge, GA 30115
Prior Convictions:
Counterfeiting, Atlanta, GA

This case is featured on America’s Most Wanted, with the latest airing on October 12, 2012

If you have any information regarding this case you’re asked to please contact 911 or the case investigators at 770-928-0239

 

Laralee Spear, 15

Date Found: 04/25/94 (according to Deland County Police website. Although some reports say 04/26/94)

Location Found: Deerfoot Road, Deland, Florida

Laralee Spear was a fifteen year old freshman who attended Deland High School. She was described as an A-student who had many friends and was part of the cheerleading squad. Laralee enjoyed riding her bike, sing in her church choir, and playing her violin. She loved animals, especially horses and hoped to become a pediatrician. Sadly she would never have a chance to fulfill her career dream.

On the morning of April 25, 1994, Laralee had woken up early to get ready and go to school. School rang out at 3:15pm and she took the bus to get home. The bus stopped on South Spring Garden Avenue, which was only a few blocks from Laralee’s home. The teen had her own route which included walking by Deerfoot Road. She promptly disappeared somewhere between the bus-stop and her home and it didn’t take Barbara Spear, Laralee’s mother, long to call Deland Police Department and report her daughter missing. Mothers Instinct told her something was not right. She knew her daughter and knew she would never run away.

Ninety minutes after calling police, her body was spotted by a police helicopter in a secluded area behind an abandoned house on Deerfoot Road. She had been murdered by multiple gunshots.

It wasn’t the first time this vacant house was a crime-scene. About one year prior, the house had been burned down and many believe the unknown killer was familiar with the area. Laralee’s walking route was right by Deerfoot Road and it’s possible she was picked at random. It’s also possible that the killer knew her or seen the teen and knew her walking route.

The area has had a history of complaints. Cops have been called to this house before. Teenagers often use the place for drug parties, neighbors say. There’s an old railroad trestle nearby.

Several witnesses from the neighborhood informed cops that they saw a black low-rider truck speeding away from the area at about the time the girl disappeared.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida at (888) 277-TIPS.

Sabrina Aisenberg – Born June 27, 1997, at St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital in Tampa, Florida – She disappeared Nov. 24, 1997. She was named in memory of her great-grandparents Sylvia and Paul. She had just started to crawl when she disappeared.

Nov. 24, 1997, at 6:42 AM, a call to 911, placed by a mother reported her 5 month old infant, Sabrina, was missing. Marlene Aisenberg claimed she and her husband, Steve put the infant in her crib at 11 o’clock the prior evening and awoke the next morning to find an empty crib.

A garage door was left open, but the family dog, Brownie, never barked. There was no evidence of an intruder.

A massive search was immediately launched surrounding the infant’s home and neighborhood.

After the parents were interviewed by law enforcement they decided to hire an attorney and refused to cooperate further due to law enforcement continued suspicions on them. They instead they made a media tour appearing on a host of national television shows to gain Support for their allegedly missing baby. They were critical of law enforcement. People within their community were beginning to suspect the parents..The family home was tapped by law enforcement as part of their investigation.

Indictments against the parents were announced Thursday afternoon in Tampa by US Attorney Charles Wilson. The indictment claims the parents admitting to obstructing justice and responsibility for the death and cover up of young Sabrina.

There are two other children remaining in the home, a girl 4 and a boy 8 at the time of Sabrina’s disappearance.

In February 2001, all charges against the Aisenberg’s were dropped, with the US District ending the 18-month prosecution.

Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) appointed a special prosecutor to investigate the conduct of the two Hillsborough County, Fla., sheriff’s detectives who first investigated the case and focused on the baby’s parents. Stephen Kunz, was demoted and stripped of his supervisory responsibilities, shortly thereafter. His partner, Rachelle DesVaux  Bedke, Federal Attorney, has been transferred to a different department. The two are being investigated by the Justice Department.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON BABY SABRINA’S DISAPPEARANCE, PLEASE CLICK THE LINKS BELOW.

Where is baby Sabrina?

Sabrina Aisenberg – Unsolved Mysteries Wiki

Photo Gallary & Infomation On The Case – http://www.sptimes.com/News/91099/TampaBay/aisphotos.htm

Kidnapped, murdered — what happened to Sabrina Aisenberg? Her parents say they don’t know, that she was abducted sometime during the night. Some people still don’t believe them. Marlene and Steve Aisenberg speak out in a rare interview about their fight to find their daughter and free themselves from suspicion that won’t go away. – The Aisenberg’s – Transcripts

The aftermath:

Sabrina — Born born June 27, 1997, at St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital in Tampa. She disappeared Nov. 24, 1997. She was named in memory of her great-grandparents Sylvia and Paul. She had just started to crawl when she disappeared.

Marlene Aisenberg – Born Marlene Sadowsky on Oct. 3, 1962. She is an early childhood education specialist who ran Play Time Pals in Brandon, a program for toddlers and their mothers. She met her future husband during their junior year at the University of Maryland. They moved to Brandon in 1991, following her parents and sister, Elaine.

Steve Aisenberg -- Born Sept. 14, 1963. He was a real estate salesman at M/I Homes in Brandon when Sabrina disappeared. He returned to work six weeks later but said he struggled to focus on work. The Aisenbergs moved to Maryland this summer.

Monica Aisenberg – Sabrina’s sister was 4 when her sister disappeared. Because they looked alike, her parents released a photo of Monica when she was 1-year-old, hoping someone might recognize Sabrina at the same age.

William Aisenberg — Sabrina’s brother was 8 when his sister disappeared. His parents said he had a hard time dealing with his sister’s disappearance.

Barry Cohen — The Aisenbergs’ attorney, one of the most prominent criminal defense lawyers in the Tampa Bay area. Cohen, 60, has been described as a bulldog for his aggressive approach. He graduated from Florida State University in 1962 and got his law degree from Mercer University in 1966. His clients have included former Hillsborough State Attorney E.J. Salcines and William LaTorre, the Pinellas chiropractor acquitted in the deaths of four teenagers in a 1989 boating accident.

Charles Wilson – Today marks the end of Charles Wilson’s five years as U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Florida, which runs from Jacksonville to Fort Myers. Wilson, 44, a former Hillsborough County judge and federal magistrate, will replace retiring Judge Joseph Hatchett on the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, for whom he worked as a clerk 20 years ago. His office has prosecuted executives of Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp. and the Rev. Henry J. Lyons.