The Cold Case Unit of The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information from the community regarding the 1971 murder of John Deal. John Deal was shot dead on a desolate stretch of Harbor Boulevard leaving behind only a man’s hat, broken glasses, a bank notice, a large amount of fresh blood, and a .22 caliber shell casing.
Even without a body, detectives were able to identify the victim as John Deal through DNA evidence and the findings of an Optometrist.
CCSO knows that this murder has been discussed and would like to speak with anyone who may have had contact with the following individuals. (ᴛʜᴇ ɪᴅᴇɴᴛɪꜰɪᴇᴅ ɪɴᴅɪᴠɪᴅᴜᴀʟꜱ ᴀʀᴇ ɴᴏᴛ ɴᴇᴄᴇꜱꜱᴀʀɪʟʏ ꜱᴜꜱᴘᴇᴄᴛꜱ.)
Andy Naylor, (Lee & Charlotte County)
Betty Faber AKA: Betty Cole, Betty Naylor, Betty Bird
(Lee, Charlotte, and Sarasota County)
Frank Jenkins AKA Sonny Jenkins, (Lee County)
Brenda Jenkins AKA Brenda Ray, (Lee County)
Ted Smith, (Lee and Charlotte County)
Shirlene McMillan Williams, (Lee County)
William Duffy, (Charlotte County)
John Bird, (Sarasota County)
John Faber, (Charlotte and Lee County)
James Harkcom, (Lee County)
Clarence Whickum, (Lee County)
Larry Lopez, (Lee County)
Ida Mae Pinder Dailey, (Lee County)
John Nelson, (Lee County)
Donald Naylor, (Lee and Charlotte County)
Robert Naylor, (Charlotte County)
If you have any information please contact CCSO at 941-639-2101.