Seminole detectives hope forensic tests will solve cold case

Seminole County detectives hope forensic tests will solve cold case

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The Seminole County Sheriff's office is stepping up its effort to solve a 15 year old murder case.  Detectives are hoping to finally make an arrest in the murder of a Longwood mother of two.

Jacqueline Sheehan was murdered in April of 1998.  Now, detectives are reviving their effort to catch her killer.  Nancy Sheehan is her older sister.  She says everyone loved Jackie. 

"She had a great outgoing personality, good to everybody. everybody loved her. "

Sheehan disappeared from her apartment on April 15, 1998.  Her body was found less than three miles away. A man walking his dog found her body in the woods.  Detectives do not believe she was killed where her body was discovered.

Detectives hope advances in forensic testing technology will help solve this crime. They will send items containing forensic evidence to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement lab in Orlando.

"Technology has changed a lot over the last few years, so we want to make sure that we are using the most recent technology to take a look at what we do have on hand," said Heather Smith, with the Seminole County Sheriff's Office.  "We have several samples from the location she was last seen and the location where she was found. "

The Sheriff's Office said it could be a few months before the test results come back. They hope someone heard something about the murder over the last fifteen years and will come forward to help Jackie's family find closure. 

There is a $5,000 reward in this cold case. 



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