Florida Cold Case: Fire Intentionally Set That Killed Jesse Johnson, 1998

On Monday, January 26, 1998, Jessie Johnson sustained severe injuries due to a fire intentionally set to his residence on Josephine St., in South Brooksville, Florida.

Jessie died several days later due to complications associated with the injuries from the fire.

On the evening of the fire, witnesses observed two subjects in front of Jessie’s residence minutes before the fire started. It has been 22-years since this investigation first began, and the Sheriff’s Office is actively pursuing the case.

Jessie Johnson

With some cold cases, information is scarce, and people have stopped looking for answers. Detectives haven’t and need tips.

In 1998, technology such as social media and smartphones didn’t exist, and information was difficult to share. Someone knows who set fire to Jesse Johnsons’ home.

Please share this with your networks, and if you have any information in this case, you are urged to contact Det. Goerge Loydgren of the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office: (352) 754-6830

Click here to contact the Cold Case Unit via E-mail.

Anonymous tips can be made by calling 1-866-990-8477 or online – Submit a tip here