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COVID May Have Killed Chance to Solve South Florida Cop’s Murder
When the policemen turned Stathers over, they saw a bullet hole in the right side of his neck and an exit wound in his upper left forehead, according to a Dec. 19, 1967 incident report typed up by James Harley, one of the officers at the scene.
“His eyes were rolled back in his head,” Harley wrote. “And there was no sign of life whatsoever.”
Stathers’ service firearm, a .38 caliber Colt Trooper pistol, was missing when his colleagues found his body.
More than a half-century later, a dearth of solid leads on who may have killed Stathers, possibly with his own gun, has sucked the faith out of the fallen officer’s son, Wayne, that his dad’s murder will be solved before he dies.