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Cold Case Homicides

From June 2008 until June 2019, the Polk County Sheriff's Office Homicide Unit maintained a 100% clearance rate on all homicides investigated within the PCSO jurisdiction. 

The two most recent unsolved homicides - those of Shay Collins in June 2019 and Alphonsa Payne in May 2020 - are listed here along with all other unsolved homicides back to 1961.

Our Cold Case Unit is dedicated to solving these homicides and bringing justice to these victims' families.

Can you help? Click the links below to view information about unsolved Polk County Homicides. Photos are included if available. If you have any information concerning an unsolved homicide, please contact the Bureau of Criminal Investigations at 863-298-6379 or send an email to

Or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a CASH REWARD contact Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477). Anonymity is guaranteed!



On March 22, 1971, 64-year-old Gaston Lulle Geer, owner of the Lucerne Park Grocery located on Lucer... More Info
On April 24, 1992, George Varcianna was shot to death while standing on Ave Y NW in Winter Haven. ... More Info
On March 21, 2008, 20-month-old Hailie Caples was found dead in her bed as the result of head trauma... More Info
57-year-old Harry Paul “Steve” Jernigan was found in an orange grove off Old Bartow/Lake Wales Rd in... More Info
20-year-old James Doolin was shot once in the chest while sitting in his car during a drug buy on Ce... More Info
An unidentified female victim’s burned body was found on April 15, 1961, in a wooded area near SR 54... More Info
On March 28, 1993, 31-year-old Javier Gomez got in a dispute with four Mexican males at his rooming ... More Info
On January 28, 1982, 30-year-old Javier Magdalemo was found fatally shot in Eagle Lake. ... More Info
15-year-old Jeanifer Weldon was found on October 2, 1987, near Bowling Green Road in Fort Meade. ... More Info
On May 17, 1972, an unidentified male victim’s body was found south of the Eloise area of Winter Hav... More Info
On March 19, 1981, John Moxie was robbed and beaten in the parking lot of the Peek-A-Boo Lounge, on... More Info
On May 21, 2006, 21-year-old Jose Coronilla-Garcia was fatally shot at his home, 1551 Goodyear Avenu... More Info
49-year-old Jose Figueroa Martinez was shot to death inside Mr. R’s Lounge in Haines City. ... More Info
34-year-old Jose Revollar was found shot to death on 2nd Street in the Wahneta area of Winter Haven,... More Info
On August 10, 1982, husband and wife, 57-year-old Joseph and 52-year-old Peggy Asher, were shot to d... More Info
On February 25, 2001, the body of 32-year-old Juan Manuel Cruz, AKA "Mannie," was found near Haines ... More Info
On February 15, 1987, an unidentified Hispanic male’s skeletal remains were found in a wooded area i... More Info
An unidentified Hispanic male between 19-23 years of age, about 5’2 ½”, and 125 lbs., was found beat... More Info
On June 12, 1989, around 10:00 a.m., 7-week-old Justin Composky died after injuries received during ... More Info
On May 3, 1990, 24-year-old Katherine Theresa Courtney was found dead in Lake Wales. ... More Info