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People and agencies involved in the Merrill / Colyer murder investigation.

  • RICK MERRILL and DORI COLYER
    • Victims of a double homicide by arson in Brooksville.
  • THE SUSPECTS
    • Brooksville Police Department announce four suspects in the murders.
    • Brooksville Police Department state not all of the suspects were involved in the igniting of the vehicle interior.
    • Three suspects left the Brooksville area shortly after the homicides.
  • RAY SCHUMACHER
    • Brooksville police officer, first unit on the scene.
  • RON NOVY
    • Chief of Police for the Brooksville Police Department at the time of the murders.
  • BOB JOHNSON
    • lead investigator of the murders.
    • Chief of Police for Brooksville in April 1982 to September 1983.
    • developed four suspects in the murders.
    • declined to comment on prosecutors assessment that there was insufficient evidence to make arrests.
  • JAMES MERRILL
    • Rick Merrill’s father.
    • gave Rick a gold necklace the day prior to his murder.
    • identifies the necklace recovered at the crime scene.
    • owner of the Ark Restaurant, Rick’s employer.
  • JIMMY BROWN
    • Assistant States Attorney for Hernando County.
    • stated murders were drug related.
    • stated Colyer’s body was too badly burned for dental identification, and blood type and jewelry would be used for identification.
    • “There’s not enough yet to take it to a Grand Jury for indictment.” (Tampa Tribune, 12/16/1981)
  • MARK MERRILL
    • brother of Rick Merrill, prior owner of the El Camino that the victims were murdered in.
  • BELINDA ARNEY
    • co-owner of Fat Boys Restaurant in Brooksville.
    • Dori Colyer’s employer.
    • notes Colyer was a well liked, excellent employee.
  • FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF LAW ENFORCEMENT
    • Investigators with the FDLE discovered two syringes outside Rick Merrill’s vehicle.
  • “FORENSIC DENTIST”
    • provides positive ID of Rick Merrill through dental records.
  • FAT BOYS EMPLOYEES
    • asked by law enforcement to identify jewelry found on the body of Colyer.
  • FIRE MARSHAL’S OFFICE
    • investigator tests to determine if flammable liquid was used as an accelerant in the vehicle fire.
  • TAMPA REGIONAL CRIME LAB
    • runs tests to determine if flammable liquid was used as an accelerant in the vehicle fire.
  • NEILS BERNSTEIN
    • Director of the Tampa Regional Crime Lab.
  • DADE COUNTY TOXICOLOGY LAB
    • analyzes blood samples from the victims.
  • BUREAU OF ALCOHOL, TOBACCO AND FIREARMS
    • Chief of Police Novy says investigator with expertise in “car bombs” examined the vehicle.
  • TWO MECHANICS
    • two auto mechanics assisted Brooksville Police in determining the cause of the vehicle fire.
  • TIM VITT
    • Brooksville Chief of Police, September 1983 to August 1984.
  • WILLIAM BEGG
    • Brooksville Police Chief for 18 days in January 1985.
  • ED TINCHER
    • Brooksville Police Chief November 1985 - March 2007.
  • FRANK ROSS
    • Brooksville interim Police Chief March 2007 - September 2007.
  • GEORGE TURNER
    • Brooksville Police Chief September 2007 - March 2018.
  • TRACY SCHOFIELD
    • Brooksville interim Police Chief March - May 2018.
  • PAUL SIRECI
    • Brooksville interim Police Chief May, 2018.
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