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4 unsolved murders

On Nov. 13, 1985, Sharon Joan Hopper told people she planned to hitchhike to Tampa. She left Griff's Tavern in Inverness and was last seen at a convenience store on U.S. 41 at the Pasco and Hernando county line around 2 a.m. Less than a week later, her body was discovered in the wooded area on the southeast corner of Whirley Road and Van Dyke Road in Lutz. The cause of death was multiple stab wounds. Hopper was 25.

Suresh D. Harry's body was found on Sept. 29, 1989, in the front seat of his light blue 1988 Chrysler Fifth Avenue. Parked on the shoulder of Ramblewood Road in Carrollwood, the rear of the car had been set on fire. Detectives say Harry, 49, was killed by some form of blunt trauma to his upper torso. He was last seen leaving his girlfriend's home the night before en route to University Mall.

The last time anyone saw Donna J. Cooke alive she was getting into a red sports car with two men at the intersection of 47th Avenue and 10th Street in Tampa. The date was Feb. 21, 2005. A few hours later, deputies found her body in Lake Thonotosassa. Cooke, who was 23 at the time, had injuries to her upper body.

Sean Buchanan went to the movies at AMC Regency Theaters in Brandon on May 21, 2011, and was found in his car down an embankment behind the theater hours later. Buchanan, 26, had stab wounds and was transported to Tampa General Hospital, where he died during surgery.

Information provided by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. For a closer look at some of the county's unsolved homicides, go to

Anyone with information regarding an unsolved murder is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at (813) 247-8660.

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