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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. They were injected with drugs 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 a medical report, the amount of drugs in their system would have rendered them semi conscious or unconscious. Neither Rick or Dori tried to leave the El Camino as it burned. Their bodies were so badly burned that Rick was identified by dental records. Dori was identified by the jewelry she was wearing. It took the Medical Examiner nine days to identify the bodies.

Newspaper articles from the era detail an investigation by the Brooksville Police Department resulting in a case file between 300 and 600 pages thick.

Three months after Rick and Dori were murdered, the Brooksville Police Department announce they have four suspects in the investigation.

Thirty-seven years after Rick and Dori were murdered, no arrests have been made.

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The families and friends of Rick and Dori have been waiting almost 40 years for justice. It is hoped that this website will “shake the tree” and something will fall out. Those people involved in this investigation 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.


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