People and agencies involved in the Merrill / Colyer murder investigation.
RICK MERRILL and DORI COLYER
- Victims of a double homicide by arson in Brooksville.
- 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.
- Brooksville police officer, first unit on the scene.
- Chief of Police for the Brooksville Police Department at the time of the murders.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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)
- brother of Rick Merrill, prior owner of the El Camino that the victims were murdered in.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 auto mechanics assisted Brooksville Police in determining the cause of the vehicle fire.
- Brooksville Chief of Police, September 1983 to August 1984.
- Brooksville Police Chief for 18 days in January 1985.
- Brooksville Police Chief November 1985 - March 2007.
- Brooksville interim Police Chief March 2007 - September 2007.
- Brooksville Police Chief September 2007 - March 2018.
- Brooksville interim Police Chief March - May 2018.
- Brooksville interim Police Chief May, 2018.
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