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Unsolved Mysteries

Last Update: September 24 2012

Could you help solve a Cold Case File?

It is possible and you might not have been aware that you could. You may have seen something, or you may have been told something, that you did not realize could be important in helping to solve a crime.

We are asking for your help.

The Winter Garden Police Department, as does virtually every law enforcement agency, has its Cold Case Files. In an effort to develop new investigative leads that may lead to solving these cases, we are using this section of our web site to present a synopsis of some of our major cases that remain unsolved after both the passage of time and an extensive investigation.

If you have information regarding any of these, or any other criminal cases, please contact CRIMELINE at (800) 423-TIPS, or contact the Winter Garden Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division Unit Supervisor at: (407) 656-3636, extension 4.


LEONARD JAMES MOORE - HOMICIDE
CASE NUMBER 78-004713
479 Pennsylvania Avenue

On October 7, 1978, at approximately 1:40 a.m., in the area of Ninth Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, 17 year old Leonard Moore, also known as “Lenny” and one of his friends had been throwing oranges at vehicles driving on Ninth Street. A vehicle, described as being gray or grayish colored, possibly a Ford Thunderbird or Mercury, returned a few minutes later driving Southbound at a slow rate of speed.  As the vehicle passed, a person of unknown race, with what appeared to be a large afro hairstyle, leaned out of the passenger side window and shot at the youths, striking Leonard.  Leonard was transported to the hospital where he died from his injuries.

 

 LEAH DENISE CALABRESE - MISSING PERSON
CASE NUMBER 92-011297
Area of North Street and Tenth Street

October 24, 1992, Leah Calabrese, also known as “Nicole”, was last seen on the eastside of Winter Garden.  Although Leah would occasionally disappear for days at a time, she would phone members of her family to let them know she was okay. Since her disappearance, Leah has not contacted any member of her family or the police and her whereabouts remain unknown.  At the time of her disappearance, Leah was described as a 30 year old white female, with green or hazel eyes, shoulder length brownish blonde hair, a slender build of 110 to 115 pounds and was 5’07” tall. Leah has been entered into the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) under file number 14108.

 

JAMES EDWARD EARLE - HOMICIDE
CASE NUMBER 96-002147
Behind 111 Center Street
On January 30, 1996, between 3:30 and 4:00 a.m., several gunshots were heard by residents in the area of Center Street and Tenth Street.  At approximately 7:20 a.m., police received an anonymous call advising of a subject lying on the ground behind 111 Center Street.  Upon their arrival, James Earle, also known as “Jimmy” was discovered deceased on the ground.  Investigation revealed that James was the victim of a Homicide.  Witnesses uncovered during the investigation advised that James was still alive around 3:30 a.m. that morning.  It was at that time James was seen walking up to the passenger side of a full sized burgundy or maroon van, with a long C. B. antenna on it.  Moments later several gunshots were heard.

 

KING GOLDEN III - HOMICIDE
CASE NUMBER 97-002211
15138 West Colonial Drive - Country Garden Apartments

On February 13, 1997, a tow truck driver in the process of making a routine removal of an abandoned vehicle discovered a body in the trunk.  The body in the trunk was later identified as that of King Golden III who was registered as a co-owner of the vehicle. Investigation revealed that King was the victim of a Homicide.  It was reported that days prior to his death, King was carrying a considerable amount of cash possibly to purchase a vehicle.

 

UNIDENTIFIED MALE - HOMICIDE
CASE NUMBER 04-004563
Vacant field off of Daniels Road West of the Old Water Tower
On December 8, 2004, at approximately 9:53 a.m., construction workers discovered the partially buried remains of a human skeleton.  Investigation revealed the remains were that of a Hispanic male, between 36 and 45 years of age and was approximately 5’6” tall.  During the medical examination, it was discovered the subject had a well healed fracture above the left eye orbit, may have had some back problems and a nose that appeared crooked.  It was also determined the subject was the victim of a Homicide.  The unidentified subject has been entered into the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) under file number 1027.


JOSE SALVADOR SERRANO - HOMICIDE
CASE NUMBER 07-002047
521 South Park Avenue – Winter Garden Village Apartments

On May 12, 2007, at approximately 1:44 a.m., Jose Serrano stumbled into his apartment and collapsed on the floor.  Realizing he was injured, Serrano’s roommates called 911.  Serrano was transported to the hospital where he died from his injuries. Investigation revealed Serrano was the victim of a Homicide.


 

KEVIN WAYNE NOBLE - HOMICIDE
CASE NUMBER 07-005880
15401 West Colonial Drive

On December 29, 2007, the body of Kevin Wayne Noble was discovered in an abandoned residence located on West Colonial Drive.  Investigation and evidence at the scene revealed Noble was the victim of a Homicide.