by: Kristy Wolski Updated:
FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. - The Fernandina Beach Police Department has reopened its only cold case, hoping assistance from the public could lead to an arrest.
Police said Janet Robinson, 56, was found strangled to death in her home in the 700 block of South 10th Street on May 15, 1987.
Her nephew, Tony Sessions, said he found his aunt's body 27 years ago.
“I went to the front door and knocked on the door and I didn't get any answer so I called the police department,” Sessions said. “They came and we went through the back door. The house was tore up and she was in the living room without any clothes on, dead."
Fernandina Beach Police Lt. Jack Bradley said it is the only murder case that has never been solved in the city.
“There was an extensive investigation at the beginning, but there was never really anything definitive where they could charge anybody with a crime at the time,” Bradley said.
Bradley said the detectives are now trying to get help from the public. They posted a photo of a piece of evidence on the department’s Facebook page in hopes someone will come forward with information.
The photo is of what appears to be a work hat with a business logo reading “Quality People, Quality Service.”
“That was found at the crime scene and we’re trying to determine the significance of it,” Bradley said. “Exactly where this hat came from? Does anybody have information? Was anybody wearing one like this?”
Sessions hopes someone will come forward with information that could finally put the killer behind bars.
“Our family would like to have closure on the whole thing,” Sessions said.
If you have any information about the hat or what company it may have been from, you’re asked to contact investigator Jim Coe at 904-310-3218.