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Cold Cases: 1990-1999

Benoit Lessard

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Case # 27666-W
(1999)
Homicide of Benoit Lessard, W/M/69

Occurred: Sunday, January 17, 1999, at 5:15 a.m., at 52 N.E. 204 Street (Romont Gardens Apartment) 

Narrative: At the above time, date, and location, Mr. Lessard picked up his daughter at the Ft. Lauderdale / Hollywood Airport and was parking his van in his Condominium parking lot. As Mr. Lessard, his wife, and daughter exited their vehicle they were confronted by a black male who was armed with a revolver.

During the course of the robbery Mr. Lessard was shot. He was transported to the hospital where he expired from his injuries. The suspect is described as a black male, 22-23 years of age, 5' 7" – 5' 10" in height, thin build, no facial hair, short cut hair, wearing a white T-shirt and dark pants.

Anyone with information concerning this crime is requested to call Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477, or send an email to Homicide Bureau.

 

Denise Chevelle Tyree

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Case # 578085-V
(1998)
Homicide of Denise Chevelle Tyree, B/F/34

Occurred: 7:45 p.m., Monday, November 23, 1998, at 2040 Opa-locka Boulevard 

Narrative: At the above time, date, and location the victim along with three others were shot in front of Bobby's Package Store, after two males exited a white vehicle and began shooting into a crowd of people with assault rifles. The motive for the shooting was drug related. The victim was not the intended target.

Anyone with information concerning this crime is requested to call Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477, or send an email to Homicide Bureau.

 

Erick Noriega

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Case # 480398-V
(1998)
Homicide of Erik Noriega, W/Hispanic/M, 25 years-of-age

Occurred: The victim was discovered deceased on Sunday, September 27, 1998, in a field located at SW 200 Street and 154 Avenue 

Narrative: The victim was found on the above date, in an open field to the north of S.W. 200 Street and approximately 154 Avenue, by a passerby. Interviews of family and friends revealed the victim came to the Miami area to conduct a business transaction with several acquaintances. The victim was last seen alive by family members at 6 p.m., Saturday, September 26, 1998.

The victim's vehicle, a green 1994 Acura Integra, four door, was recovered at S.W. 186 Street and South Dixie Highway in the Boston Market parking lot.

Anyone with information concerning this crime is requested to call Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477, or send an email to Homicide Bureau.

 

Maria Medina

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Case # 170869-V
(1998)
Homicide of Maria Medina, W/F/34

Occurred: Discovered deceased inside her vehicle at 4480 NW 79 Avenue, Miami, Florida on April 5, 1998. 

Narrative: The victim was reported missing from Osceola County, Florida on 4/2/98, when she suddenly disappeared. The victim was found deceased in her 1985, black BMW in the parking lot of an apartment complex at 4480 N.W. 79 Avenue on 4/5/98.  Investigative leads identified Orestes Diaz, W/L/M, as a person who was in a relationship with the victim. Diaz has never been located.

Anyone with information concerning this crime is requested to call Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477, or send an email to Homicide Bureau.

 

Irwin Tilker

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Case # 201460-T
(1997)
Homicide of Irwin Tilker, W/M/55

Occurred: Tuesday, April 22, 1997, at approximately 9 p.m.

Narrative: The Investigation revealed the victim, Irwin Tilker, was visiting his friend, who was the owner of the T&C Market.  While Mr. Tilker was inside the market, three unknown black males armed with handguns entered the store and robbed the store owner.  Upon completing the robbery, as the subjects fled, one of the subjects turned and fired a single shot at the victim. The victim expired on the scene.  The subjects then fled on foot to an awaiting vehicle and fled southbound on N.W. 31 Avenue. The subject's vehicle was described as a maroon, 1990 – 1994 Nissan Sentra, 4-door, dark tinted windows, with a rear trunk spoiler and sunroof.

Anyone with information concerning this crime is requested to call Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477, or send an email to Homicide Bureau.

 

Kenneth Burkhalter

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Case # 611702-S
(1996)
Homicide of Kenneth Burkhalter, W/M/52

Occurred: Discovered Friday, November 29, 1996 at S.W. 204 Avenue, and S.W. 264 Street (roadside). 

Narrative: On 11-29-96, at 7 A.M., the victim’s body was discovered deceased on the side of the road. The investigation revealed the victim was a long time abuser of alcohol and drugs. He was a counselor at the Homestead AA Room, assisting other substance abusers to stay clean.

The victim was living with a female he met at the AA Room and according to her, the victim was involved in a bar fight approximately one week prior to his demise. The victim required Emergency Room care because of this fight.

Anyone with information concerning this crime is requested to call Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477, or send an email to Homicide Bureau.

 

Elizabeth Perry

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Case # 470444-S
(1996)
Homicide of Elizabeth Perry, W/F/43

Occurred: September 12, 1996 at S.W. 112 Avenue, and S.W. 230 Street 

Narrative: On 09-12-96, at 8:30 P.M., the victim drove her motor vehicle off the roadway, as she was driving south on S.W. 112 Avenue, at S.W. 230 Street. Uniform officers responded and discovered that the victim was suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where she expired as a result of the wound on 09-14-96. Prior to being discovered on the side of the road the victim had attended an exercise class at 20435 Old Cutler Road and was apparently on her way home.

Anyone with information concerning this crime is requested to call Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477, or send an email to Homicide Bureau.

 

Coe Paisley

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Case # 398197-P
(1994)
Homicide of Coe Paisley, W/F/30

Occurred: 3:29 p.m., Wednesday, August 3, 1994, at 1223 Wallace Street, Coral Gables, Florida 

Narrative: At the above time, date, and location the victim was discovered unconscious inside of a duplex apartment that she owned and was renovating. It was revealed that two wall air conditioning units were removed from the duplex and an attempt to remove a third unit was unsuccessful. It is believed that the victim may have interrupted a burglary in progress and as a result, she was severely beaten and ultimately expired from the injuries she suffered.

Anyone with information concerning this crime is requested to call Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477, or send an email to Homicide Bureau.

 

Ariel Rodriguez

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Case # 330382-P
(1994)
Homicide of Ariel Rodriguez, W/L/M/18

Occurred: On Tuesday, June 28, 1994 at 1:00 p.m., the victim, was discovered deceased inside his townhouse located at 8632 N.W. 8 Street Miami, Florida. 

Narrative: The victim lived with his mother and sister at the above address and was known to sell small amounts of marijuana from out of the residence. At approximately 11:00 a.m. the sister left the residence, while the victim slept in his bedroom.  She returned at 11:45 a.m., and upon checking him at 1:00 p.m., discovered him deceased from multiple gunshot wounds.

Anyone with information concerning this crime is requested to call Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477, or send an email to Homicide Bureau.

 

Lynne Friend

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Case # 424226-P
(1994)
Homicide of Lynne Friend, W/F/35

Occurred: Last heard from on Sunday, August 28, 1994, at approximately 8:30 p.m. 

Narrative: The initial investigation revealed a bitter custody battle between Lynne Friend and Clifford Brett Friend, W/M/58, over their five year-old son. The court decided in Lynne Friend's favor. She was scheduled to leave Florida for Tennessee with their minor son on Monday, August 29, 1994. Lynne Friend was never seen or heard from again and her body was never discovered.

Update: The evidence was presented before a Miami-Dade County Grand Jury; whereupon, Clifford Friend was indicted for the murder of Lynn Friend. On July 11, 2014, a jury found Clifford Friend guilty of Second Degree Murder. Clifford Friend was ultimately sentenced to Life in Prison.

 

Miguel A. Sanchez

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Case # 495433-N
(1993)
Homicide of Miguel A. Sanchez, W/L/M/40

Occurred: On Sunday, September 26, 1993, at approximately 8:10 p.m., on State Road 826, Palmetto Expressway, in the eastbound lanes at approximately N.W. 17 Avenue, Miami, Florida. 

Narrative: The victim arrived in the Miami area on 9/25/93 to visit relatives and conduct personal business. At approximately 8:15 P.M. on 9/26/93 the victim, his cousin, and his cousin's wife were eastbound on the Palmetto Expressway (SR 826).

At some point between NW 17th Avenue and 12 Avenue, a light blue large vehicle maneuvered alongside the victim's vehicle.  The subject (driver) fired a single shot which struck the victim in the head.  The victim's cousin drove directly to Golden Glades Hospital where the victim expired.

Anyone with information concerning this crime is requested to call Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477, or send an email to Homicide Bureau.

 

Eduardo Coto

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Case # 451856-N
(1993)
Homicide of Eduardo Coto, W/L/M/46

Occurred: Found in front of 3500 N.W. 106th Street on 09-03-93 at 7:15 a.m. 

Narrative: Employees of a recycling company were driving a company truck eastbound on N.W. 106th Street when they observed the victim lying face down in the easement in front of 3500 N.W. 106th Street.

In speaking with the victim's wife she stated she last saw the victim at approximately 11:30 p.m., September 2, 1993, when he left their residence at 2260 West 53rd Place, Hialeah, Florida in order to purchase cigarettes from a nearby store. The victim never returned.

Anyone with information concerning this crime is requested to call Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477, or send an email to Homicide Bureau.

 

Lina Fernandez

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Case # 567836-L
(1991)
Homicide of Lina Fernandez, W/L/F/29

Occurred: The victim was discovered deceased inside her residence located at 8466 N.W. 165 Terrace, Miami Lakes, Florida, on November 20, 1991, at 7:45 a.m.

Narrative: The victim was discovered deceased inside her residence by a family member who lived nearby. The victim’s death is classified as a homicide.

Anyone with information concerning this crime is requested to call Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477, or send an email to Homicide Bureau.

 

W/M/35-45 years of age

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Case # 506844-L
(1991)
Homicide of an unknown, W/M/35-45 years of age, 141 lbs, 5'7", brown eyes, brown straight hair approximately 1-2 inches in length. Clothing worn: "Gap" denim blue jeans waist (31-31 inches) and length (28 inches), dark blue t-shirt (size: 38-40) with "Police Department, City of New York" emblem on the left chest, white athletic socks with blue trim and brief-type white underwear of small (size 30-32) with the brand name "Bloopers." Black "Buffalino" shoes measuring 11 inches in length.

Occurred: Discovered on October 16, 1991, at Highway US 1 and Mile Marker 120 on the side of the road. Unincorporated Miami-Dade County.

Narrative: A motorist driving to the Keys observed the victim’s body on the side of the road. Authorities were notified and it was determined that the case would be classified as a homicide.

Anyone with information concerning this crime is requested to call Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477, or send an email to Homicide Bureau.

 

Kristen Gray

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Case # 62727-K
(1990)
Homicide of Kristen Gray, W/F/8

Occurred: The victim was last seen roller-skating on the second floor balcony of 7487 SW 82 Street Miami, Florida on February 3, 1990, between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.  

Narrative: The victim's body was discovered at approximately 8:30 a.m., on February 4, 1990, in the C-102 canal which is located at SW 107 Avenue and just north of SW 268 Street (Moody Drive).

Anyone with information concerning this crime is requested to call Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477, or send an email to Homicide Bureau.

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