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Authorities are releasing new information and pictures in the cold case murder of Pamela Cahanes, a Navy airman apprentice who was killed in 1984.
The newly-formed Seminole County Cold Case Working Group reopened the investigation into Cahanes’ murder Monday and announced a $5,000 Crimeline reward. The team of local, state and federal law-enforcers met in Sanford to review its first case.
Cahanes was a 25-year-old Navy airman apprentice who was last seen at the Navy Training Center in Orlando in August 1984. Her body was later found in the front yard of a home in Sanford.
Investigators are hoping to garner new leads and are interested in speaking with anyone who graduated from the Navy Training Center in 1984.
Cahanes graduated from the training center on Aug. 3, 1984, and was found dead two days later.
On Aug. 4 she was seen shopping in Orlando. Later that day, Cahanes and an unidentified man were spotted at the Mariner’s Club, a lounge and bar at the training center. The club no longer exists and is now part of Baldwin Park.
Around 1 a.m. on Aug. 5 Cahanes may have been at a Chinese restaurant, detectives said. Her body was found around 7 a.m. that day in the front yard of a vacant home on Old State Road 46 (now Riverview Avenue) in Sanford.
Cahanes was badly beaten and partially clothed. Detectives say she was strangled.
Investigators found Cahanes’ Navy uniform — including a white shirt, white belt and white pants — near her body. Receipts from Kmart and Fashion Square Mall also were found nearby. A Chinese takeout food carton was found in the yard not far from her body along with a receipt believed to be from the restaurant.
Cahanes was not killed at that location and was likely driven there and dumped, police say.
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