Can YOU help close this ice-cold case?
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During the middle of the 20th century, Brooksville presented itself as a quaint little Florida town - a courthouse displaying monuments to soldiers of wars gone by, well cared for homes on brick streets, a bandshell for community events. Everyone knew one another.

That all changed during the early morning hours of May 9, 1981. Rick Merrill and Dori Colyer were murdered. Evidence indicates they were drugged and placed in Rick’s El Camino. The vehicle was doused with an accelerant, and set on fire. The car doors were locked. The ignition was on. Rick and Dori were burned alive.

According to medical reports, the amount of drugs in their system would have put Rick and Dori in a semi-conscious or unconscious state. Neither Rick or Dori tried to leave the El Camino as it became engulfed in flames. Their bodies were so badly burned that Rick was identified by his dental records. Dori was identified by the jewelry she was wearing. It took the Medical Examiner nine days to identify the bodies. Newspaper articles note the investigation into the murders of Rick and Dori resulted in a case file of up to 1000 pages thick.

In 2018, the Brooksville Police Department was disbanded. Law enforcement services were transferred to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office - including the unsolved murders of Rick and Dori.

The friends and families of Rick and Dori hope these new sets of eyes on this case, advances in DNA / evidence technology over the past 38 years, as well as your tips may finally bring the memories of Rick and Dori the justice they deserve.
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Three months after the murders, the Brooksville Police Department announced they had four suspects in this investigation.

Thirty-seven years after the murders, no arrests have been made.

The families and friends of Rick Merrill and Dori Colyer have been waiting almost 40 years for justice. As late as 2019, there was no information on this double murder - anywhere - on the Internet.

It is hoped that this website will “shake the tree” and something will fall out. Those people involved in this case are in their late 50’s and older. Some have passed. Perhaps those surviving individuals, or a friend or family member, has an artifact in the attic or a memory in the mind that may help give Rick Merrill and Dori Colyer the justice they deserve.


We want to hear from you. You can submit information on this double murder in a number of ways:

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