Case Spotlights

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Ruth Haut

By Nathan Dean

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.

Dr. Ruth Haut was beloved throughout her community. She helped countless people as a chiropractor. Her family claims she would do anything to help a loved one.

Ruth had the ability to fill the room with laughter. “Her sense of humor always cracks you up,” Jean Wagner said of her partner. “One year, Ruth had me pick out the funniest looking dress for her sister, Barbara. The dress had turkeys on it and that’s how I met her sister.” Read more

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Terry “Bubba” Rewis

Jeannie “Willene” Bryant has dedicated the last 17 years to keeping her brother’s memory alive, while seeking justice for his homicide. Willene admits, with frustration, that she does not know what transpired the evening her little brother, Terry Rewis, was killed.

Bubba, as he was lovingly called, was the victim of a reported hit-and-run on April 21, 2002. Read more

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Ella Holland

By Isaiah Jenkins

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.

Ask anyone that knew Ella Holland – she was the life of the party. She would often spend her days cooking and cleaning and her nights out with friends having fun.

Ella Holland was born on February 24, 1962. She was awfully close with her sister Carolyn. The two would go skating and would often ride their bikes around the neighborhood. When they got older, the sisters would go to clubs together.

“Ella was the big sister even though I was older,” Carolyn said. “All the kids loved her. She used to always have us rolling.”

The laughter stopped on July 7, 1998. Read more

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William Haynor

By Carliana Harris

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.

At 33 years old, William Arthur Haynor held a master’s degree in Theology and was the regional director of the Scripto Corporation with two beautiful children and a wife. Things appeared to be going well for the Haynor family. However, rumors and revolving turmoil surrounding William’s infidelity contrasted the outward projection of a life perfectly configured. Read more

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Jerrold Williams

By Teeryana Bryant

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.

Jerrold Williams was known as a kind-hearted, goofy person that was truly loved by his family.

“If he could give you anything or help you out, he wouldn’t hesitate,” his mother Delores Williams said. Read more

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Pamela Myles-Johnson

By Crystal Harrison

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.

Pamela Myles-Johnson was described as helpful, kind-hearted, and the life of the party. She was a cheerleader throughout her time in junior high and high school. She loved being around others and hanging out with friends.

Pamela married shortly after graduating high school. She and her husband Charles spent many years traveling the country. Pamela never met a stranger in any of her journeys. Read more

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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