Friday, April 12, 2013
Detectives say they have a suspect in the death of Kimberly Kessinger – 31 years later.
A 72-year-old man whose DNA has linked him to the killings of two California women is now a suspect in a Largo cold case. According to ABC News, federal investigators also are checking to see whether DNA samples taken from Samuel Little match forensic evidence collected in the case of 21-year-old Kimberly Kessinger. Kessinger disappeared from her Largo home 31 years ago, in May 1982. Her body was discovered days later in a cemetery in Macon, Ga. Little was living a short distance from where Kessinger's body was found. According to ABC News: Little, now 72, is awaiting trial in Los Angeles for the murders of two women who died in a similar fashion. Those victims were found nude below the waist and strangled in what investigators believe was…
Saturday, April 28, 2012
The governor recognized a Pinellas County Sheriff's detective for solving a 2006 homicide in Largo.
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Saturday, April 28, 2012
Detective John T. Spoor was honored by Gov. Rick Scott and his Cabinet at a special ceremony in Tallahassee on April 25. Spoor was recognized for going the extra mile to bring peace of mind to the victim's family and to hold a suspect accountable for his crime. The ceremony was part of National Crime Victims' Rights Week (April 22-28). Spoor was nominated for this honor for his work in connection with a 2006 cold case homicide. The shooting On October 29, 2006, Hoeschele Bernard Thomas, 48, was shot and gravely wounded just after 1:00 a.m. in front of a residence located at 11706 126th Terrace in Largo. He later died. Sheriff's deputies and detectives responded, the crime scene was processed and evidence gathered, but the case eventually …
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
The cold case of Hoeschele Thomas’ murder was closed with persistence and good old fashion police work.
Lloyd A. Neal, 22, the primary suspect in the 2006 murder of Hoeschele Thomas, was arrested after detectives revisited the cold case. On Nov. 18 detectives gave the Thomas family closure when they issued an arrest warrant for Neal who is charged with second-degree murder. Neal is currently serving a life sentence at Taylor Correctional Institution in Perry, FL on an unrelated 2007 Clearwater Police Department murder case. Detectives Piece Together Clues to Identify Suspect On Oct. 29, 2006 Thomas was fatally shot outside a residence, 12790 118th St N in Largo. According to detectives, Thomas was walking home when he was approached by some unknown suspects who tried to sell him drugs. When Thomas refused, they engaged in a verbal argument, …