Alachua County cold case victim identified after 43 years

Alachua County Sheriff’s Office deputies say they’ve closed a cold case after more than four decades.
Published: Sep. 19, 2022 at 6:08 PM EDT
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - Alachua County Sheriff’s Office deputies say they’ve closed a cold case after more than four decades.

In 1979, a Florida Division of Forestry employee discovered a skeleton in the woods. A noose was nearby.

Last year an Alachua County Sheriff’s Office cold case examiner sent the remains to a forensic lab in Texas. The remains were identified as Ralph Tufano and DNA analysis allowed them to identify a match who was a relative of Tufano.

The sheriff’s office and the family ask anyone from North Central Florida who remembers Tufano to contact the sheriff’s office.

To learn more about the effort to solve the case click here.

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