paul seidenstricker

Cold Case Spotlight – Paul Seidenstricker

By Carole Hawkins


Patty O’Rourke checks back with the police every few years, hoping for new information about her first husband, Paul Seidenstricker, and his 1994 murder.

“Unless you bug them, you don’t hear anything,” she said. “It’s been a couple of years. I need to ask them about it again.”

She knows Paul was killed after leaving work late one winter night. His car crashed into a parked car near 17th and Hubbard streets in Jacksonville, Florida. A witness saw someone running from Paul’s vehicle. Read more

bryan wrigley

Cold Case Spotlight – Bryan Wrigley

By Carole Hawkins

Somebody knows who killed Bryan Wrigley.

That’s what his mother, Mandy Wrigley, believes. There was just too much physical evidence at the crash scene. Too much damage for the hit-and-run driver to hide. A witness who saw the driver speeding away. Read more

frances gordon

Cold Case Spotlight – Frances Gordon

Frances Ann Gordon, or Frankie to those that knew and loved her, was a 37-year-old mother, wife, daughter, sister, family member and friend to countless individuals still waiting for answers in her unsolved murder. Read more

vera sullivan

Cold Case Spotlight – Vera Sullivan

By Carole Hawkins

Tamica Jackson recalls many details of her early childhood, even though it’s been more that 30 years since those times. Those years growing up in Northwest Jacksonville surrounded by her father, mother, two older brothers and two older sisters. Read more

ampora torres arias

Cold Case Spotlight – Amparo Torres Arias

On Thursday, June 11, 1981 a foul odor coming from an apartment on SW 88th Street in Miami, Florida led to the discovery of the decomposing body of 29-year-old Amparo Torres Arias. She had been shot and killed by an unknown suspect(s) in her home. Read more

freddie farah

Cold Case Spotlight – Freddie Farah – Arrest Made

***** UPDATE – ARREST MADE *****

On May 16, 2017 the New Orleans Police Department arrested Johnie Miller, 60, on an out of state warrant for second-degree murder and attempted armed robbery in the 43-year-old cold case of Fuad “Freddie” Farah. The warrant was issued out of Jacksonville, Florida after the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Cold Case Unit was able to match Miller’s fingerprints to items left at the scene. Detectives were also able to retrieve valuable information from a witness who was only 14 at the time of the botched robbery. Freddie Farah’s case was featured on our site in a Cold Case Spotlight back in April at the request of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office in hopes of generating more information on the case. Read more

vickie cook

Cold Case Spotlight – Vickie Cook

On Saturday, June 30, 2001 police were called to the W. 27th Street apartment of 19-year-old Vickie Cook in Jacksonville, Florida. Officers arrived on the scene and found Vickie with a life threatening stab wound to her chest. Read more

haley smith

Cold Case Spotlight – Haley Smith

**UPDATE** On Monday, February 27, 2017, the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of Tiffany Higginbotham, 29. She is charged with leaving the scene of a traffic crash with a death. Read more

teryl orcutt

Cold Case Spotlight – Teryl Orcutt

Teryl lynn Steele Orcutt was 26-years-old when her 1989 red Ford Thunderbird car was found abandoned on the side of County Road 218 in Middleburg, Florida on the morning of January 21, 1990. Read more

earl carter

Cold Case Spotlight – Earl Carter Jr.

On December 26, 2012, Earl Gregory Carter Jr. waited with friends for a ride outside his mother’s home on W. 25th Street in Jacksonville, Florida. Earl was home from college for the holidays and enjoying time with family and friends before he was to head back to Tallahassee to continue his studies to become a pharmacy tech. Read more