Search done in 1995 cold case
The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office is looking into a cold case brought back to light as a result of a missing person’s database and modern technology.
The sheriff’s office said it identified additional areas of interest in the 1995 disappearance of Lake Como resident Mary Roderick after her information was uploaded to the National Missing and Unidentified Subjects website, namus.gov.
The site allows users to view profiles of missing persons in hopes of uncovering more information. The organization also provides DNA testing for missing persons at no cost to law enforcement agencies.
“When information is uploaded to this site, the agency will reach out to the law enforcement department who reported the person missing. For Mary’s case, Sgt. Matt Keith was contacted,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement Monday. “Sgt. Keith, while researching and verifying the case, identified several areas of interest and contacted Sarasota County’s K9 Search and Rescue, which utilized cadaver dogs.”
Sheriff’s office deputies first attempted to contact Roderick on Feb 1. 1995, after a telephone company representative called her sister and the agency for a welfare check, authorities said.
“The local telephone company representative noticed Mary’s phone bill balance was $3,500 and she hadn’t made a payment in several months, which was not normal behavior,” the sheriff’s office said.
“When deputies arrived at Mary’s Lake Como residence, her adult son told them she was in (Fort) Lauderdale and due back on Feb. 8, 1995. Mary did not return. She was 56 at the time of her disappearance.”
During the investigation, authorities discovered nobody had seen Mary since Dec. 16, 1994 — nearly two months before she was reported missing. Deputies found nothing suspicious at Mary’s home during the initial investigation, and the case went cold without any leads, the sheriff’s office said.
Anyone with information on Roderick’s disappearance is asked to contact Homicide Sgt. Matt Keith at 329-0800.