Sumter County was created by the Florida legislature on January 8, 1853 and was once part of Marion County. Known for its simple beauty, much of what is now eastern Sumter County was part of the original Seminole Indian reservation established under the Treaty of Moultrie in 1824, and was named after Revolutionary War hero General Thomas Sumter. Today, Sumter County is one of the fastest growing counties in Florida, encompasses 580 square miles, and is home to nearly 100,000 people.
In 2010, the FBI Uniform Crime Report showed that Sumter County was one of the safest counties in Florida; according to the Sumter County Sheriff's Office website.
In spite of this, there is a dark history of unsolved murders in this county, many of which occurred alongside Interstate-75. Below are the high-lights of five cases. More information on these cases can be found at Florida Crime Writer, which is updated frequently with new information.
Anyone with any possible informationon any of these cases, please contact Captain Kevin Hofecker at the Sumter County Sheriff's Office by telephone at (352)569-1600 or (352)569-1680, by fax (352)569-1605 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.