Case Spotlights

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Cold Case Spotlight – Amber Bass

On July 19, 2013, Amber Bass was robbed and shot while walking up the sidewalk to her home in Jacksonville, Florida. She had just returned from an evening out with friends. An evening that began with laughter and fun and, with one selfish act, would end with countless lives changed forever.

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Cold Case Spotlight – Rickey Herriage

For over 28 years Rickey Herriage’s family has fought to bring his murderer to justice. The ripple of violence left a daughter and step-son to grow up without the father they loved. Holidays came and went with an empty chair at the table and no resolution for the family.

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Memorial Day Spotlight

This week’s Cold Case Spotlight post will not feature a victim of an unsolved homicide but is dedicated to all those that have died serving our country. On this Memorial Day weekend, Project: Cold Case says thank you to those that made the ultimate sacrifice and to their families we stand with you in honoring their memories.
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Cold Case Spotlight – April Scheidel

 April Savoy Scheidel was a mother of 3 that had recently fallen on hard times. She had just moved in with a friend in Slidell, Louisiana in an attempt to get back on her feet when she was killed. Just before Easter, in 2003, while visiting New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward, April was shot while riding in a truck with two acquaintances.
adonis taylor

Cold Case Spotlight – Adonis Taylor

On January 30, 2011 Adonis Taylor, age 17, went out with some friends in Little Rock, Arkansas. He had no idea that his evening out would end with him left shot and dying in a parking lot.

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Cold Case Spotlight – Michael England

On May 18, 2013, Michael Paul England’s life was taken while walking to his home. As Michael crossed the intersection of Pitts and Slay Roads, in the Dinsmore area of Jacksonville, FL, he was struck and run over by an unknown vehicle. The driver fled the scene and Michael was found deceased on the side of the road around 4:00am.
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Cold Case Spotlight – Stephen Wiggins

On October 6, 2008, Stephen Wiggins left Mattie’s Landing bar on Lake Shore Blvd and headed home. His family is still haunted by what happened next and why the man they loved was shot multiple times and left on the side of the road dead. Stephen’s car was parked a few feet away, still running and with the driver side door open. His family has been left to imagine how the scenario unfolded. Was it a confrontation? Did someone follow him from the bar? Why won’t the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office tell them how many times he was shot and where? Going on 7 years later there are still far more questions than answers.

Cold Case Task Force Legislation Update

First, I’d like to thank all those that have been supportive of our push for cold case legislation in the state of Florida. Last week I traveled to Tallahassee to attend the Senate Criminal Justice Committee meeting, which had added our SB 1482 – Cold Case Task Force bill to their agenda. Senator Aaron Bean, our senate sponsor, introduced the bill and some facts appropriate to explain why the bill is necessary. At that point I was able to stand up and speak for a few minutes about the bill, it’s importance and why I am pushing for cold case legislation.  The committee members were all extremely attentive and respectful and I realized quickly that they were not going to need a lecture or even much convincing. They were going to support the bill and pass it on to the next committee with little discussion. And with the exception of one, less than thought out, objection (from an individual that has made a name for himself by attending all committee meetings and opposing most bills) the committee unanimously passed the bill through Criminal Justice and onto Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice.

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Cold Case Spotlight – Thomas “TJ” Nunley

This week we bring you the unsolved murder of 19 year old Thomas “TJ” Nunely. On December 9, 2012, TJ went for walk in his Arlington neighborhood in Jacksonville, FL. He was found, deceased, on the side of Ft. Caroline Road a short time later with a single gunshot wound. TJ had not been robbed and had no known enemies. In a seemingly random act of violence, TJ’s life was taken and with it his dreams, goals and ambitions. TJ’s family has fought for 2+ years to bring attention to his case and to bring his murderer to justice. They are offering a $15,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of TJ’s killer. Please help share TJ’s story and see if we can assist in bringing TJ’s loving family some form of earthly justice.

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Cold Case Spotlight – Tina McQuaig

Tina Marie McQuaig was a 27 year old wife and mother when she went missing after leaving her job at Shands Hospital in Jacksonville, FL on March 15, 2000. Her car was found a few days later in a Walmart parking lot. On December 26, 2002 a survey crew found human remains in the woods near Cecil Field. DNA later confirmed the remains were McQuaig and the medical examiner ruled her death a homicide.

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