110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
Death on a dirt road
By Pat Andrews
posted Apr 18, 2014 - 10:16:24am
If Laralee Spear were alive today, she might be a pediatrician or a veterinarian, because she loved children and animals. She might have a couple of children of her own.
But none of that happened, because Laralee Spear was shot to death 20 years ago, on April 25, 1994, less than a mile from her home on the south side of DeLand.
Laralee was 15 years old. Her heartbroken parents and the Volusia County Sheriff's Office Cold Case Squad are still looking for that key bit of information that will solve the mystery.
Laralee’s case began as that of a missing teen, and ended just 90 minutes later with the discovery of her body.
In the months right after Laralee's death, five to 10 investigators tracked 953 telephone leads and another 700 leads generated by reports of a black truck witnesses said was speeding in the area around the time Laralee was killed.
The truck was described as a black, newer (in 1994) model, with running boards, driven by a white man in his late teens or early 20s with sandy-blond hair cut below his ears.
The reward for information leading to apprehension of Laralee's killer grew from $500 to $10,000, fueled by donations from the public.
When the leads ran out and the tips dried up, the Laralee Spear homicide was relegated to cold-case status
Her death remains a mystery.
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