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Investigators work on Veteran's Day in Somer case

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Updated: 11/11/2009 6:52 pm
ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- It wasn't a holiday for investigators trying to find the person who killed Somer Thompson.

They're following thousands of leads, but for the first time we're hearing from the Florida Department of Law about how parents can educate their kids on stranger danger.

The neighborhood where Somer Thompson disappeared was busy on Wednesday. Kids were out of school playing and some parents had the day off for Veterans day.

That's not stopping these police officers from trying to solve this case. They're working more than 3,300 leads, trying to get to the one that leads them to a killer.

For week's now, they've searched the woods, a home on Gano Avenue and collected evidence. They've also talked to dozens of sex offenders. So far, they won't say whether they have a suspect.
Dominick Pape is a spokesperson with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. He's seen the evidence, but won't comment on it. He does say in cases like Somer's, sex offenders often know the route to schools, which is where Somer was coming home from.

"Not only in the case of Somer Thompson, but in other past cases, they've been around the route to school," said Pape.

Pape says it's a time to sit down with your children. "We need to be able to educate our children that some people are evil, just evil," he said.

Remember, police need your help to find Somer's killer. If you have information, call the tip line at 877-227-6911 or email the sheriff's office at
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NTram2009 - 11/12/2009 9:34 AM
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After watching this story last night and hearing the first part of it I just cant describe the anger I felt. When I heard that poor Somer's mother is receiving hate mail on how dare her let her child walk from school. I have to say how dare they write her things like that. The woman has suffered the worst thing a parent can ever go through. I praise Diena Thompson. She is a single parent that is trying to make a life for herself and her children. These people need to get a reality check. The school district thought it was safe for the kids to walk to and from school. There hadnt been any crime like this in the neighborhood before. My heart and prayers go out to the Thompson family. I praise them for being strong to make it through such a heartbreaking time. These people that want to make it even harder on her need to step back and really feel what she is going through and not cause her anymore pain and grief.

sikuvit - 11/11/2009 7:16 PM
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The police are so very right about teaching your children about "stranger danger". I've said it before in 'Comments' and I'll say it again here: "SCARE YOUR KIDS!!! Scare the hell out of them...better a scared kid than a DEAD ONE!!!"
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