News Cast 9/5


September 5, 2023

News Cast for September 5th:

Missing persons case remembered

Prominently located billboards are now in place on 441 south to try and get tips for a 17-year-old cold case.

Dori Ann Myers, 43, went missing on January 10, 2006 at her home in Lakewood Park west of Fort Pierce.

Her vehicle was found by Glades County Sheriff Deputies just north of Lakeport burned up in an area known as Dyess Ditch.

Cold case detective Paul Taylor of the St. Lucie County Sheriffs Office said Myers went out on the town, met two men at a bar and then went to her home to play poker.

‘Dori was very into poker.  She went to the Texas Hold’em places in the area and play a lot of cards.  We obtained information she had met two guys in a bar in Ft. Pierce.  They told her they had just gotten back from Iraq, had been in the military, and one had been injured in combat.  She invited them back to her house.  She called her boyfriend and told him she had invited them to her house to play cards and that is the last anyone heard from her.”

Taylor said even after all those years, there are people that know something and should come forward.

He suggests they might be from the Okeechobee area because the spot where the vehicle was located is very remote and not known to outsiders.

$10,000 in rewards have been offered from Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers and the Florida Sheriffs Association to try and get tips.

Crime Stoppers can be reached at 1-800-273-TIPS.

Det. Taylor can be reached at (772) 462-3386.

He expressed hope that the case can still be solved.

Glades County Commissioners approved a new kitchen for the county jail and hired an architect to design the kitchen.

Glades County Sheriff David Hardin is advocating for a clean break with ICE and the detention facility that is now mostly vacant only used for offices.

He said the county can’t be held hostage by national politics.

“I think we would be better off as a county with a stand alone facility, complete with administrative building.  God forbid if things didn’t work out in 2025, we are still operating, we are taking care of our own, we have US Marshall inmates, and that’s it.”

The commission has been discussing building a new administrative facility for the sheriff.

100 bags of antisemitic material were thrown into Okeechobee yards late Sunday or Monday.

The bag included a hard substance in the form of pellets.

Deputies urged residents to use plastic bags or gloves to dispose of the material.

Palm Beach County has had similar incidents, they do have a suspect in mind.

Congress will be returning to Washington after the August break.

18th district congressman Scott Franklin will be a voice in the farm bill debate, his being the largest ag district east of the Mississippi River.

He said farmers have a keen interest in more conservation funding in the bill.

“The farmers that I talk to that have done this generation after generation know the last thing they can do is not take care of their land.  They have a keen interest in conservation.  I think it is an issue that crosses both sides of the (political) aisle.”