Unsolved 2006 murder of woman, 86, featured on America’s Most Wanted

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY – The unsolved 2006 murder of 86-year-old Helen McPherson will be featured on America’s Most Wanted this Saturday at 9 p.m. on Fox.

Detectives with the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office still consider the crime an active investigation and have not classified it as a cold case. Over the last five years, the case has been investigated by three teams of detectives, each offering varying specialties in forensic investigations. Additionally, a number of outside law enforcement specialists have been brought in to review the case, always with the hope of having a fresh perspective.

On July 15, 2006, the body of Mrs. McPherson was found in her Vero Beach home in the 2600 block of 49th Street. She was found beaten and strangled to death.

Mrs. McPherson was a widow who shared time with her family and friends.  A motive for her murder is still undetermined.

In spite of the tireless work of detectives and the investigative support staff, the case remains unsolved.  Many of the detectives have had Mrs. McPherson’s picture hanging in their offices since the crime occurred – a steady reminder that this case must be solved.

As the Sheriff’s Office approaches the five-year anniversary of Mrs. McPherson’s murder, detectives will once again step up their efforts in an attempt to gather additional evidence.  They plan to speak to neighbors, friends, family, and acquaintances again.  They will ask local business to re-post flyers in hopes someone will remember something that will aid investigators.

Additionally, members of the Detective Bureau continue to meet regularly with the Crime Scene Unit and review all collected physical evidence.

One hope is that continuing advances in forensic science will allow evidence to be re-examined for microscopic and trace elements that may lead to the identity of the suspect.

“Not only have our men and women worked diligently and are still following numerous leads, we are pleased to announce that this case will be featured on America’s Most Wanted on June 4, 2011 at 9 p.m.,” said Sheriff Deryl Loar.  “We feel strongly that someone has knowledge of this case, and we are hoping that information will be forthcoming. We will continue to pursue any and all leads to bring this case to closure.”

Anyone with information that may assist investigators with the case is encouraged to contact Detective Chris Cassinari at (772) 978-6107 or Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-800-273-8477.  You may also visit their Web site, www.tcwatch.org.

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