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William “Bill” Smith

By Kayla Hartigan

This story is part of a collaborative project between Project: Cold Case and a University of North Florida Journalism class. The student credited above wrote this story as a class project.

Birthdays are typically a special celebration, but some are more difficult than others. When Christopher Beaumont turned 37, he couldn’t help but think of his father, Bill.

William “Bill” Smith was 37 when his life was taken. Read more

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Jody LeCornu

By Hannah Shiver

This story is part of a collaborative project between Project: Cold Case and a University of North Florida Journalism class. The student credited above wrote this story as a class project.

Jody LeCornu had a heart of gold. She was one of the sweetest people you would ever meet. Everyone who came in contact with her was drawn to her.

So why, on a cold night in March 1996, was she murdered? Read more

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Jane Seneca Doe

By Kadi Thomas

This story is part of a collaborative project between Project: Cold Case and a University of North Florida Journalism class. The student credited above wrote this story as a class project.

Miss Jane Seneca Doe was murdered 43 years ago. She was an African American female, between 15 and 27 years old, who stood approximately 5 feet, 7 inches tall, and weighed around 150 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Read more

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Alesha Suarez

By Victoria Reed

This story is part of a collaborative project between Project: Cold Case and a University of North Florida Journalism class.The student credited above wrote this story as a class project.

A pause for reflection, then “she was so beautiful, but short lived.”

Carolyn Buffill-Casella compares the life of Alesha Suarez to a butterfly. The musings of a protective sister tormented by the untimely death of her sister Alesha in Spring 2002. Read more