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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.

2019 Fox News segment

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.

Three months after the murders of Rick and Dori, the Brooksville Florida Police Department announced they had developed four suspects in the case. No arrests were ever made.

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In 2018, the Brooksville Police Department was disbanded. Law enforcement services were transferred to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office - including 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 and forensic technology over the past 39 years, as well as your tips may finally bring the memories of Rick and Dori the justice they deserve.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

The families and friends of Rick Merrill and Dori Colyer have been waiting almost 40 years for justice.

It is hoped that this website will “shake the tree” and something will fall out. Those people involved in this case are in their late 50’s and older. Some have passed. Perhaps those surviving individuals, or a friend or family member, 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.

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