S15: Episode 8 – The Timeline Speaks

On 10/08/1980 the body of 36-year-old Merritt Wheeler Sr. was discovered in Horse Creek near the bridge at County Road 769 within DeSoto County Florida. Based on the facts from the scene, it was clear Wheeler had suffered substantial injury before being placed into the body of water. Merritt Wheeler is a victim of murder.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Criminal Investigations Division of The DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office at (863) 993-4700 or Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers 1-800-780-TIPS. You may remain anonymous and be subject to a reward for information leading to the successful prosecution of the subject(s) responsible.

Those who have withheld information about the homicide – and are not involved – will not face criminal charges for failing to come forward thus far.

MUSIC:

Big River Run by Blue Dot Sessions

Dowdy by Blue Dot Sessions

White Crow Flies – Cullah

 

S15: Episode 7 – A Pot of Boiling Grits

On 10/08/1980 the body of 36-year-old Merritt Wheeler Sr. was discovered in Horse Creek near the bridge at County Road 769 within DeSoto County Florida. Based on the facts from the scene, it was clear Wheeler had suffered substantial injury before being placed into the body of water. Merritt Wheeler is a victim of murder.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Criminal Investigations Division of The DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office at (863) 993-4700 or Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers 1-800-780-TIPS. You may remain anonymous and be subject to a reward for information leading to the successful prosecution of the subject(s) responsible.

Those who have withheld information about the homicide – and are not involved – will not face criminal charges for failing to come forward thus far.

MUSIC:

Opener by Blue Dot Sessions

Big River Run by Blue Dot Sessions

S15: Episode 6 – Connie’s Interview

On 10/08/1980 the body of 36-year-old Merritt Wheeler Sr. was discovered in Horse Creek near the bridge at County Road 769 within DeSoto County Florida. Based on the facts from the scene, it was clear Wheeler had suffered substantial injury before being placed into the body of water. Merritt Wheeler is a victim of murder.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Criminal Investigations Division of The DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office at (863) 993-4700 or Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers 1-800-780-TIPS. You may remain anonymous and be subject to a reward for information leading to the successful prosecution of the subject(s) responsible.

Those who have withheld information about the homicide – and are not involved – will not face criminal charges for failing to come forward thus far.

MUSIC:

Dowdy by Blue Dot Sessions

S15: Episode 5 – Frankie and Willie

On 10/08/1980 the body of 36-year-old Merritt Wheeler Sr. was discovered in Horse Creek near the bridge at County Road 769 within DeSoto County Florida. Based on the facts from the scene, it was clear Wheeler had suffered substantial injury before being placed into the body of water. Merritt Wheeler is a victim of murder.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Criminal Investigations Division of The DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office at (863) 993-4700 or Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers 1-800-780-TIPS. You may remain anonymous and be subject to a reward for information leading to the successful prosecution of the subject(s) responsible.

Those who have withheld information about the homicide – and are not involved – will not face criminal charges for failing to come forward thus far.

MUSIC:

Tossed by Blue Dot Sessions

Vengeful by Blue Dot Sessions

S15: Episode 4 – The Boots and the Knife

On 10/08/1980 the body of 36-year-old Merritt Wheeler Sr. was discovered in Horse Creek near the bridge at County Road 769 within DeSoto County Florida. Based on the facts from the scene, it was clear Wheeler had suffered substantial injury before being placed into the body of water. Merritt Wheeler is a victim of murder.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Criminal Investigations Division of The DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office at (863) 993-4700 or Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers 1-800-780-TIPS. You may remain anonymous and be subject to a reward for information leading to the successful prosecution of the subject(s) responsible.

Those who have withheld information about the homicide – and are not involved – will not face criminal charges for failing to come forward thus far.

MUSIC:

Big River Run by Blue Dot Sessions

S15: Episode 3 – The Shirt

On 10/08/1980 the body of 36-year-old Merritt Wheeler Sr. was discovered in Horse Creek near the bridge at County Road 769 within DeSoto County Florida. Based on the facts from the scene, it was clear Wheeler had suffered substantial injury before being placed into the body of water. Merritt Wheeler is a victim of murder.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Criminal Investigations Division of The DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office at (863) 993-4700 or Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers 1-800-780-TIPS. You may remain anonymous and be subject to a reward for information leading to the successful prosecution of the subject(s) responsible.

Those who have withheld information about the homicide – and are not involved – will not face criminal charges for failing to come forward thus far.

MUSIC:

Opener by Blue Dot Sessions

S15: Episode 2 – The Scene

On 10/08/1980 the body of 36-year-old Merritt Wheeler Sr. was discovered in Horse Creek near the bridge at County Road 769 within DeSoto County Florida. Based on the facts from the scene, it was clear Wheeler had suffered substantial injury before being placed into the body of water. Merritt Wheeler is a victim of murder.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Criminal Investigations Division of The DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office at (863) 993-4700 or Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers 1-800-780-TIPS. You may remain anonymous and be subject to a reward for information leading to the successful prosecution of the subject(s) responsible.

Those who have withheld information about the homicide – and are not involved – will not face criminal charges for failing to come forward thus far.

MUSIC:

Opener by Blue Sessions

Closer by Blue Sessions

 

S15: Episode 1 – Arcadia

On 10/08/1980 the body of 36-year-old Merritt Wheeler Sr. was discovered in Horse Creek near the bridge at County Road 769 within DeSoto County Florida. Based on the facts from the scene, it was clear Wheeler had suffered substantial injury before being placed into the body of water. Merritt Wheeler is a victim of murder.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Criminal Investigations Division of The DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office at (863) 993-4700 or Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers 1-800-780-TIPS. You may remain anonymous and be subject to a reward for information leading to the successful prosecution of the subject(s) responsible.

Those who have withheld information about the homicide – and are not involved – will not face criminal charges for failing to come forward thus far.

MUSIC:

Nuthatch by Blue Sessions

Capering by Blue Sessions

Why Bother by Blue Sessions

Cumaribo by Blue Sessions

Closer by Blue Sessions

S14 Episode 4 – Deric and Eric and Curtis

A closer look at brothers Deric Winn, Eric Washington, and Curtis Thomas, another person named in the jailhouse tip. Was Curtis involved at all, or are brothers Deric and Eric responsible for Jessica’s murder? 

Launch Code – Blue Dot Sessions

On Early Light – Blue Dot Sessions

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Jacksonville Sheriff`s Office at 904-630-0500 or email them at JSOCrimeTips@jaxsheriff.org. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.

CLICK the names below to view the Florida Department of Corrections pages for:

Deric Winn

Eric Washington

Curtis Thomas

 

S14 Episode 3 – The Snitch

Jessica’s case focuses on a tip from a jailhouse informant. Are two brothers and their bungled burglary related to her case?

 

Launch Code – Blue Dot Sessions

Metropolis Calling – Blue Dot Sessions

 

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Jacksonville Sheriff`s Office at 904-630-0500 or email them at JSOCrimeTips@jaxsheriff.org.

To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.

 

Bridget Murphy’s reporting:

https://www.jacksonville.com/article/20090802/news/801230368

https://www.jacksonville.com/article/20090803/NEWS/801230323?template=ampart