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Cold Case Homicides

From June 2008 until June 2019, the Polk County Sheriff's Office Homicide Unit maintained a 100% clearance rate on all homicides investigated within the PCSO jurisdiction. 

The two most recent unsolved homicides - those of Shay Collins in June 2019 and Alphonsa Payne in May 2020 - are listed here along with all other unsolved homicides back to 1961.

Our Cold Case Unit is dedicated to solving these homicides and bringing justice to these victims' families.

Can you help? Click the links below to view information about unsolved Polk County Homicides. Photos are included if available. If you have any information concerning an unsolved homicide, please contact the Bureau of Criminal Investigations at 863-298-6379 or send an email to

Or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a CASH REWARD contact Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477). Anonymity is guaranteed!



Alphonsa Payne, AKA "Nu Nu," was killed in the roadway on May 17, 2020, on 40th Street NW, the Inwoo... More Info
On May 3, 1990, at approx. 12:00p.m., the victim's body was found in a canal behind Akerman, Inc., l... More Info
37-year-old Antonio Morales was found deceased on August 3, 1996, alongside Rifle Range Road, just s... More Info
62-year-old Bonnie Morgan was discovered face down in her pool at approximately 2:45 p.m. on August ... More Info
35-year-old Bonnie Williams Hughes was found on February 11, 1976, approximately 200 yards south of ... More Info
28-year-old Charles Britton was working as a store clerk in Lakeland when he was killed during a rob... More Info
66-year-old Charles Gardner was found dead in his Mulberry home - he had been fatally stabbed. ... More Info
49-year-old Charles G. Steele was a security guard who was found in a pool of blood on the north sid... More Info
On November 10, 1986, around 11:30 p.m., Chuck Sterling was shot and severely beaten during an attem... More Info
25-year-old Dallas Beard was found on Bronco Lane, just off Maine Avenue, in the Eaton Park area of ... More Info
Denise Andrea Thornburg was found next to a canal on the west side of County Road 471 on September 2... More Info
On April 10, 1993, 15-year-old Diago Gama Gomez (female) was fatally shot in the head during a home ... More Info
22-year-old Donnie Jones was found shot to death on Avenue Y NE in Winter Haven. ... More Info
On August 1, 1978,Elizabeth Batchelor's 1976 Ford pick-up truck was found on Cass Road in Lake Alfre... More Info
Elwin “Larry” Costine was last seen early on the morning of May 3, 1992, when he dropped a friend of... More Info
46-year-old Enrique Flores Ortiz was found on February 21, 1997, in the parking lot of Allen's Disco... More Info
Estevan Rodriguez was last seen alive on March 21, 2008, at 7:00 p.m. by a co-worker. ... More Info
30-year-old Ezekiel Trujillo-Rodriguez got into an altercation with a patrol at the El Tanampa Club ... More Info
On December 4, 1978, 27-year-old Frank J. Comeau was killed by a hitchhiker. ... More Info
24-year-old Gary Robert Parker was found by EMS on March 20, 2008, in Haines City. ... More Info