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.