A cold case is any criminal investigation by a law enforcement agency that has not been solved for (generally) at least one year and, as a result, has been closed from further regular investigations.
The three cases we are publishing today are out of Alachua County, Florida, and range in date from 2003 through 2006.
If you have information on any of these cases below, please contact Investigator Kevin Allen at (352) 384-3323 or via e-mail.
On Dec 4, 2006, at approximately 1:00 pm, James Edward Tuff was found lying on the edge of SE County Road 2082, at about the 11000 block.
Tuff was last seen alive at a residence in Lamplighter Mobile Home Park in Gainesville earlier that morning. Tuff was a lifelong resident of Gainesville. Case # 06-15353
Around midnight on March 18, 2005, the body of Wende Ellinger was found in a fire at her residence at 10207 SW 84 Avenue, Gainesville (Kanapaha Highlands).
Wende was last seen alive at approximately 10:30 PM, March 17, 2005, in her residence. The investigation revealed that she sustained other injuries prior to the fire and it was ruled a homicide.
Wende Ellinger was the mother of three small children who were not home at the time. Case # 05-3214
An Alachua County resident discovered the body of a female baby floating in a private pond on August 20, 2003.
The pond is at the end of NW 102nd Place, just 3 miles north of the Highway Patrol Station. Recent advances in DNA technology has been utilized to determine that Baby Jane was a black female whose parents were both black and most likely of Caribbean descent. Case # 03-9523
If you have information on any of these cases, please contact Investigator Kevin Allen at (352) 384-3323 or via e-mail.
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