Case Spotlights

carol ann barrett

Carol Ann Barrett

By John Biasotti

This story is part of a collaborative project between Project: Cold Case and a University of North Florida Journalism class

In March of 1980, Claire Gilligan’s life was saved by her 18-year-old aunt, Carol Ann Barrett. Today, Claire Gilligan is also one of the few people who still remember her aunt. “My Aunt Carol was like a mom to me. I even called her ‘mom’ when she was still around. We were very close,” Gilligan said. Read more

mike siegrist

Mike Siegrist

By Lauren Willins

This story is part of a collaborative project between Project: Cold Case and a University of North Florida Journalism class.

Brittany Seidenstricker’s favorite memory of her cousin is him dyeing her hair blue and giving her a Mohawk.

Michael Siegrist, Mike for short, was like a brother to her, she said.

“I remember that grin,” Seidenstricker said. “I miss his smile and laugh the most.” Read more

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Pamela Andrews

By Kevin Beaugrand

This story is part of a collaborative project between Project: Cold Case and a University of North Florida Journalism class.

At one o’clock in the morning, December 17, 1984, Vivian Andrews woke to pray for her five sisters. Read more

keisha murray

Keisha Murray

By Paolo Cesar

This story is part of a collaborative project between Project: Cold Case and a University of North Florida Journalism class.

Keisha Murray lost her life to an unknown assailant July 7, 2013. For her family, especially her sisters Julia Clover and Ericka, their entire family fell apart. Read more

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Anthony Stinson Jr.

By Amanda Allan

This story is part of a collaborative project between Project: Cold Case and a University of North Florida Journalism class.

What started off as a seemingly normal Saturday years ago will forever be engraved into the minds of Anthony Stinson Sr. and his family.

It was May 18, 2013 when Anthony Stinson Jr. decided to visit his grandmother. As he left her house that day, around 4:30pm, he was shot multiple times in the back in a drive-by shooting. He was in critical condition when police arrived and rushed to the hospital where he then died due to the injuries. It was just weeks before his 21st birthday. To this day, the killer has still not been caught. Read more

mary petersen

Mary Petersen

By Karassa Stinchcomb

This story is part of a collaborative project between Project: Cold Case and a University of North Florida Journalism class.

A pony-themed birthday party on May 25, 2002, was the last birthday Mary Futrill Petersen was able to spend with her 5-year-old daughter.

Three days later, her then 8-year-old son awoke around 7:30 a.m. to tell his mom he was hungry but when he went to rouse her, she wasn’t breathing. The frantic boy tried to call 911.

When he found the phone was not working, he dressed himself and his sister and went to a neighbor’s house to beg for help. Read more

nancy jo canode

Nancy Jo Canode

By Brett Raynor

This story is part of a collaborative project between Project: Cold Case and a University of North Florida Journalism class.

It has been 37 long years since the brutal murder of Nancy Jo Canode, a mother of three, whose children are trying everything they can to bring their mother’s killer to justice.  Read more

bradla cook

Bradla Cook

By Courtney Stringfellow

This story is part of a collaborative project between Project: Cold Case and a University of North Florida Journalism class.

It was a Wednesday – the evening of Oct. 28, 2015.

Some families were coming home to cook meals, others were leaving to work the night shift.

In Bradla Cook’s kitchen, there was a pan on the stove, which wasn’t unusual. Around the room lay honeybee-related decor and school projects the 61-year-old’s grandchildren had gifted to her over the years. Read more

chris devenny

Chris Devenny

By David Swets

This story is part of a collaborative project between Project: Cold Case and a University of North Florida Journalism class.

To the average visitor, the worn coat seems little more than a vintage Orlando Magic jacket that employees at Bruster’s Ice Cream put on when they enter the walk-in cooler.

But that simple blue and black jacket hanging on a hook near the freezer is really the heart of the shop on the corner of Atlantic and Kernan boulevards.

It’s been at the store as long as it’s been open. It belonged to Chris Devenny, whose idea it was to open the ice cream shop that is now owned and operated by his family. Read more

glenda trucks

Glenda Trucks

By Corey Stevens

This story is part of a collaborative project between Project: Cold Case and a University of North Florida Journalism class.

At the time she died, many in Jacksonville knew the name of Glenda Dixie Trucks.

They might have seen her at her family’s auto radio business, Auto-Radio Service Inc. on Philips Highway. The company was started by James Trucks, her husband, and has been around since 1974. Now her son and daughter-in-law, Tara Trucks, run the business. Read more