JSO gives 25-year-old cold case fresh look, sends evidence to be tested

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — After 25 years of no answers, the murder of a former Navy sailor, father and husband is getting a fresh look.

Action News Jax first showed you the case of Pat McMinn almost two weeks ago, and now we are learning the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has submitted evidence to get tested.

JSO also released archived images of the red pickup truck McMinn was driving to work in the early morning hours of Oct. 13, 1995.

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Later that day, an employee from the nearby Ramona Flea Market found his body.

Cold case detective Glenn Warkentien is hoping someone remembers seeing the very distinct truck.

“It is huge whenever we do get people that do come forward and give us information,” he said.

Det. Warkentien said he has already sent evidence collected from the crime scene to a forensic lab for testing.

“DNA, there are some items that was found around Mr. McMinn, the victim, so we resubmitted those. I don’t want to go into many details as far as what it was,” said Warkentien.

For Diane McMinn, learning about the renewed focus on her husband’s case came as a pleasant surprise.

“I started shaking. I’m excited, I’m trying not to get my hopes up, but I can’t help it,” she said.

Wednesday would have been their 36th wedding anniversary.

“I hope that’s him shining down saying ‘we’re going to get this’,” said Diane.

Det. Warkentien said unidentified fingerprints were also found at the crime scene.

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McMinn’s wallet, though, was never recovered.

If you remember seeing the truck or know anything about this case, call CrimeStoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.

For a database of other cold cases in our area visit: www.projectcoldcase.org.