By Jessica Creagan
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY -- Eight years have passed since the brutal homicide of an 87-year-old Vero Beach woman, but law enforcement officials still haven't given up hope that someone can shed light on the unsolved murder case.
"Somebody out there knows or saw something the night Mrs. McPherson was murdered," Indian River County Sheriff Deryl Loar said in a press release.
"That information may be what we need to close this case. I am confident that we will get justice for Mrs. McPherson and her family," Sheriff Loar said.
On July 15 2006, the beaten body of Helen Regene McPherson was found in her home on 49th Avenue in Vero Beach by family members, and law enforcement believe she was killed on July 14 or July 15.
Detectives have not been able to pinpoint a motive for her murder, nor have any arrests been made in the case.
The case continues to be actively investigated, said Sgt. Eric Flowers, public information officer for the Indian River County Sheriff's Office.
"Several promising leads have been uncovered by our criminal investigations section and we are working with forensic experts in order to develop the evidence necessary to arrest and convict the suspect responsible for this brutal homicide," Sgt. Flowers said in a press release.
Mrs. McPherson had lived in the neighborhood on 49th Avenue since 1962 and was an active member of First Baptist Church of Vero Beach.
Anyone with information about the crime is asked to contact Detective Chris Cassinari with the Indian River County Sheriff's Office at (772) 978-6107. Callers can remain anonymous and be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward by calling Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at (800) 273-8477.
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