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Investigators Optimistic Somer's Killer will be Caught

6:50 PM, Feb 1, 2010   |    comments
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ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- Despite the passage of time, investigators are optimistic they will catch Somer Thompson's killer.

The 7-year-old disappeared walking home from school in October. Her body was found days later in a Georgia landfill.

Investigators said they continue to work every day to find the person responsible. Police have dedicated a room in the Clay County Sheriff's Office dedicated to achieving their goal.

The room has a large photo of Thompson and below it the saying, "This is who we are working for."

Several different agencies including the FBI and the U.S. Marshals meet in the room to investigate Thompson's case. They call themselves Team Somer.

Thompson's neighbors said they hope an arrest is made soon.

"Maybe they're still around and if they're still around all these kids are in danger," said Tonya Jennings.

Investigators have received 4,447 tips.  They're still actively looking into 500 of them.

Thompson had been walking home with a group from Grove Park Elementary School in Orange Park Oct. 19 when she disappeared.

Call First Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS if you have any information. You will remain anonymous. You can also send tips to the Clay County Sheriff's Office at 1-877-227-6911 or via email at cart@claysheriff.com.

You can donate to the Somer Thompson reward fund at Ameris Bank. It has two locations. One is at 888 Lane Ave. and the other is at 4835 Town Center Parkway. The account number is 3123504437.

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