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Hernando County is located on the West coast of Central Florida. The Sheriff's Office provides law enforcement services to a population of approximately 186,000, including the City of Brooksville. This is an increase of nearly 318%
since 1980, and Hernando continues to be regarded as one of the fastest-growing counties in the United States.
The Hernando County Sheriff's Office is committed to responding to the needs of the citizens of Hernando County. Our mission is to maintain peace and order, safeguard life and property, and protect individual rights through the delivery
of professional services. The measure of our service will be judged by the community.
The information below pertains to some of Hernando County's unsolved major cases. If you have any information about these cases, you are urged to contact Det. Goerge Loydgren of the Hernando County Sheriff's Office:
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Anonymous tips can be made by calling 1-866-990-8477 or online - Submit a tip here
Case # 2019-05117
Keyonna Denaye Cole was reported missing on 02-13-2019 by her family. Cole was last seen on 02-10-2019 at approximately 11 p.m. in the area of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Brooksville as she was walking toward Broad Street. Cole was the victim of an attempted homicide in October of 2018, which resulted in the homicide of her unborn 5-month-old fetus. Additionally, Cole failed to attend an appointment at the State Attorney's Office on 02-11-19 to discuss a case (Aggravated Battery and Strangulation which was upgraded to Attempted Homicide) in which she was the victim.
Case # 77-05805
Saunders Cloie Rymer (aka Sandra Rymer, Sanders Rymer, Saunders Miller, Saunders Nida) was reported as a missing person on 09-13-1977 by her daughter. She was last seen about 06-20-1977, by her spouse, John D. "J.D." Rymer, while in the area of Catersville, Georgia. After an alleged verbal altercation with her spouse, she was reported to have left her husband to return to Florida. Saunders Rymer has not been heard from since.
MACKEY, EVELYN "LAVERNE"
Case # 82-03041
Merl Mackey has been arrested and charged with in the death of his wife, missing person, Evelyn "Laverne" Mackey. A Levy County Grand Jury indicted Merl Mackey for 1st Degree Murder, resulting in the issuance of a capias for his arrest. Mackey was arrested in New Mexico on 09-18-2015 and charged with 1st degree murder. On 06-28-18, Mackey pled guilty to 2nd Degree Murder in death of his wife and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. On 07-23-2020, Mackey died in prison. Evelyn Mackey's remains have never been recovered.
Case # 82-06840
Charles Hope, a real estate broker from Hernando Beach, was reported missing on 04-06-1982. He was last seen on 03-31-1982, at a restaurant in Hernando Beach. On 04-06-1982, Mr. Hope's vehicle was found at his real estate office. No one has seen or heard from him since that day.