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During the latter part of the 20th century, Brooksville presented itself as a quaint little Florida town - a courthouse displaying monuments to soldiers of wars gone by, well cared for homes on brick streets, a bandshell for community events. Everyone knew one another.

That all changed during the early morning hours of May 9, 1981. Rick Merrill and Dori Colyer were murdered in a very shocking way. Rick and Dori were burned alive.

Their bodies were so badly burned that Rick was identified by his dental records. Dori was identified by the jewelry she was wearing. The families waited nine days for the Medical Examiner to identify the bodies. Newspaper articles note the investigation into the murders of Rick and Dori resulted in a case file of up to 1000 pages thick.

On July 31,1981, the Brooksville Florida Police Department announced they had four suspects in the murders of Rick Merrill and Dori Colyer.

Forty years later, no arrests have been made.

In 2018, the Brooksville Police Department was disbanded. Law enforcement services were transferred to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office - including the investigation into the unsolved murders of Rick and Dori.

The friends and families of Rick and Dori hope these new sets of eyes on this case, advances in DNA technology and forensic science over the past 39 years, as well as your tips may finally bring the memories of Rick and Dori the justice they deserve.

Somebody knows something.
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The killer(s) of Rick Merrill and Dori Colyer has been walking our streets almost 40 years.

It is hoped that this website will “shake the tree” and something will fall out. The people involved in these murders are in their 60's and 70's. We hope someone reading this website has an artifact in the attic or a memory in the mind that may help give Rick Merrill and Dori Colyer the justice they deserve.


It doesn't matter if your information is old or new, small or large, rumor or fact. We want to hear from you. You can submit information on this double murder in a number of ways:

  • Email Cold Case Detective George Loydgren at the Hernando County Florida Sheriff's Office.
  • Call Detective George Loydgren at 352-797-3714.
  • Call the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office at 352-754-6830 or toll free at 1-877-282-5727.
  • Leave an anonymous tip at 1-866-990-TIPS or 1-877-282-5727.

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