FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — It’s a mystery that officers have been working on for years: a South Florida teen murdered nine years ago, and now officials are raising the reward in hopes of finding new leads.
Can $10,000 do what $5,000 could not? The family of murder victim Marissa Karp is hoping it can help catch her killer.
Gary Karp, Marissa’s Father, said, “I would like for you all to reach into your hearts today and just pretend for one minute, one sad minute, that this is your child. Pick up the that phone and call 945-493-TIPS.”
The 17-year-old’s body was found in a garbage bag in the Everglades, in Collier County, back in August of 2002. No arrests have been made, but Broward County Sheriff Al Lamberti insists the investigation is still active. “This is not a cold case,” Lamberti said. “`We work it every single day. We think about it every single day. It is far from a cold case. Every year I do this I say, this is the last year. I believe we are very, very, very close to putting this thing to bed.”
Sheriff Lamberti compared the search for Marissa’s killer with the search for the person who murdered BSO Sgt. Chris Reyka. “It is one of those cases you think about everyday, just like we are wondering who killed Chris Reyka. The same thing holds true. We want to know who killed Marissa Karp.”
And despite his own grief, Gary Karp has reached out to comfort the slain deputy’s family. “Those are the people who need the help. They need to know they’re not standing alone, and that’s probably the reason I do it,” Karp said.
Marking this somber anniversary by pleading to the public for help is taking its toll on the family, but Karp is confident it will pay off in the end. “I believe, in the not too distant future, I’ve said this before, I think we’re going to be where we need to be and we will get justice for Marissa.”
Again, officials have raised the reward in this case to $10,000. If you know anything, please call Broward Crimestoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous.