Episode 93 Murdered in Brooksville

On May 9, 1981, Ricky Merrill and Dori Colyer left Hilltop Lounge in Brooksville, Florida. They never returned. 40 years on, their families are still waiting for justice

Anyone with information on this Cold Case Homicide is asked to contact Detective George

Loydgren at 352-754-6830.If you would like to remain anonymous – Please call Hernando County Crime Stoppers at 1-866-990-TIPS (8477) or submit your tip online at



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Episode Sources

Who Killed Rick Merrill and Dori Colyer? RickAndDori.com Father of car’s owner fears worst. St. Petersburg Times/Hernando Times. May 12, 1981 Families complain of delay in identifying bodies. Tampa Bay Times. May 14, 1981 Services planned, but car-fire victims' identities still unconfirmed. Tampa Bay Times. May 15, 1981 Identities confirmed of 2 found in burning car. Tampa Bay Times. May 16, 1981 Cause of death still unknown in care fire. St Petersburg Times, Hernando Times. May 19, 1981 Police have four suspects in murder of two persons found in burning car. St Petersburg Times/Hernando Times. August 1, 1981 Quest remains unfulfilled as tragedy strikes again. St. Petersburg Times/Hernando Times. September 9, 1988 Case of double murder, vehicle arson still cold after 38 years. Fox 13 Tampa. May 10, 2019 Deputies need your help solving 39-year-old Brooksville cold case. WTSP. May 8, 2020 Cold Cases: Ricky Merrill & Dori Colyer. Hernando County Sheriff’s Office. October 12, 2020


Episode Music

Tranquility Base, Clean Soul, Slow Hammers, Virtutes Instrumenti, Drone in D by Kevin MacLeod. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. Source: http://incompetech.com; Spirit of Fire by Jesse Gallagher. The Dark Glow of the Mountains by Chris Zabriske Licensed under Creative Commons. Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Pantherburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use

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