FBI Suspects Trucker in 40-Year-Old Unsolved Murder of Florida Teen
Caledonia, NY – The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) is asking for the public’s help to solve a homicide of a Florida teenager that took place more than 40 years ago.
According to FBI officials, on November 10, 1979, the body of an unidentified 16-year-old white female was located in a cornfield off of New York State Route 20 in Caledonia, NY.
The girl had been murdered with a .38 caliber weapon, FBI investigators determined.
She had been shot once in the head, dragged into the cornfield from the road, and then shot again in the back.
On January 26, 2015, law enforcement officials in Livingston County, NY, announced that the female had been identified, through the use of DNA, as Tammy Jo Alexander of Brooksville, FL.
Alexander had disappeared from her home in Brooksville in 1979.
FBI officials suspect a trucker could be responsible for Alexander’s death or a could have knowledge of who killed her.
During the course of the investigation, the FBI says it learned Alexander lived near L&M Truck Stop located along U.S. Route 98.
The truck stop was owned by Alexander’s mother, Barbara Alexander Barnes Jenkins, and stepfather, Lloyd Jenkins.
Alexander was known to work in her parents’ restaurant.
She also frequently hitchhiked with truckers to run away from the area, the FBI says.
A friend of Alexander’s reported to authorities that her and Alexander once hitchhiked with a trucker as far as California and back.
One of the last people to see Alexander alive was a waitress at a restaurant in Lima, NY.
She reportedly told authorities Alexander was with an adult male a few hours before her death and ate sweet corn, potatoes, and boiled, canned ham.
A facial composite was created from the description provided (below).
At the time Alexander’s body was found she was wearing the following items: tan corduroy jeans, a multi-colored plaid cotton/polyester shirt, blue knee socks, brown rippled-sole shoes, and a red nylon-lined man’s windbreaker with black stripes down the arms and a collar label reading “Auto Sports Products, Inc.”
She was wearing a silver necklace with three small turquoise stones, one resembling a bird.
She also had with her a two-piece locket keychain with one piece in the shape of a heart with a key-shaped slot cut in it and an inscription reading “He who holds the key can open my heart,” and the second piece being the key that fits into the slot in the heart.
The FBI is offering a reward of up to $20,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for Alexander’s death.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact the FBI’s Toll-Free Tipline at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324), the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office at 1-844-LCSO-TIP (1-844-527-6847).