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.

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