March 21, 2012
It’s a cold case now, six years after Cindy Moffett of western Boca Raton was murdered on March 23, 2006 in a pro shop, and her family isn’t giving up.
The 51-year-old shop employee — a popular, gregarious church volunteer — staggered outside with two bullets in her torso and collapsed a few steps outside the shop’s door. The killer grabbed cash from the register area and disappeared, leaving coins scattered on the floor.
They’re now offering $25,000 as a reward, her younger brother Randy Moffett of Los Angeles said in an interview March 18, 2012 after the annual golf outing in her memory at The Boca Country Club in Boca Raton. “We believe somebody knows something and told someone, and we’re hoping that raising the reward will inspire them to come forward,” Moffett said.
Cindy Moffett was 51, her brother said, when she was shot twice as she closed up the pro shop she managed at Forest Oaks Golf Club, a public course in western Lake Worth. A roll of coins was found nearby, leading the family to believe it was a botched robbery attempt. There were 12 detectives assigned to the case, and a billboard with her face at a bus stop, the Sun Sentinel reported at the time.
But having a homicide declared a cold case after it goes unsolved for five years isn’t necessarily shelving the case, Moffett said. Although it’s no longer on a rotation, “there are more detectives on fewer cases, so it’s more advantageous for us,” he said.
Kenny Smith, the case’s lead detective, said he had investigated former employees of the golf shop and concluded it was unlikely any were involved. An unknown man was recorded on surveillance camera at a nearby convenience store after asking for directions to a local golf course, but that seemed to be a shot in the dark, he said.
With few other leads or options now, detectives are hoping time is on their side. They hope the reward will help bring a suspect’s name to their attention.
Cindy Moffett was active and an usher in St. Jude Catholic Church, said her younger sister Debbie Moffett Muller, a Boca Country Club member.
The combined proceeds of the 88 golfers who played in the afternoon scramble, and a silent auction, will go to First Tee and Big Brothers Big Sisters, Muller said.
“This tournament not only honors her memory, but keeps the case alive,” her brother said. “People are very supportive.”
The Sheriff’s Office asks anyone with information about the case to call Detective Kenny Smith at 561-688-4003 or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 800-458-8477.