She keeps a yellowed newspaper clipping in her pocketbook. It's with her wherever she goes.
Michele Grimes unfolds it, stares at it. A man's face looks back.
Rick Joseph, the caption states.
Detectives say this man murdered her 17-year-old son four years ago, then vanished.
Grimes, 50, feels frustrated, angry. Where are you, she wonders.
"They know who killed my son," she says, shaking her hands in the air. "It's so frustrating."
Other mothers feel the same pain. Fathers, siblings, grandparents — children, too. They know who authorities think murdered their loved one, but they have no justice.
The suspected killers have eluded authorities.
In Hillsborough County alone, 42 people wanted for murder are still at-large. Pinellas authorities are seeking eight people. In Pasco, two are wanted.
There's the man stabbed to death at a New Year's party. The man shot over a soccer game. The woman accused of murdering her husband's mistress.
Hillsborough's oldest case is from 1978. Clearwater has one from April.
They're not cold cases; authorities say they have evidence to send the suspects to jail. The law just has to find them.
But finding suspects in serious crimes can be particularly challenging, even for officials with sophisticated databases and search methods.
"When you commit murder, you will do pretty much anything to not be found," said Cpl. Tony Vidal of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office warrants division.
They assume other identities, cut off ties with loved ones and never return home — drastic lifestyle changes that those accused of lesser crimes likely won't make, Vidal said.
Several of Hillsborough's wanted are believed to be in South and Central American countries. Extradition isn't as much an issue as getting local authorities to cooperate, Vidal said.
At home, good leads usually dry up quickly — after authorities have visited all of the places the suspect is known to frequent and interviewed friends and family members.
After that, detectives depend on tips. Sometimes, people recognize a face and call Crime Stoppers. Other times, an associate decides to come forward.
Detectives also routinely search their databases in case a suspect lets down his guard. Just last April, authorities nabbed a man wanted in a 2008 murder because a female associate registered for utilities in South Florida.
"Turns out she was ready to talk," said Hillsborough Master Detective Marvin Johnson.
The woman pointed to Tennessee, and authorities caught Gregorio Chino-Ronquillo, 29, in a traffic stop in Morristown. He's back in Hillsborough now, awaiting trial.
A big break like that hasn't happened in the search for Rick Elisee Joseph, 25, wanted in the 2007 fatal shooting of Michele Grimes' son, Marcus Johnson.
Detective Johnson said he believes Joseph fled the area, got underground and made new friends who have helped him.
Over the years, tips have trickled in, he said. And with the help of the U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force, detectives have followed leads to Jacksonville and New York. They didn't pan out, Johnson said.
Detectives haven't received any new tips lately, he said.
But the file is on Johnson's desk, and Joseph's mug is featured on the sheriff's website's Top 10 Most Wanted. The detective said he figures Joseph can't run forever.
"We will get him. I have no doubt about it," Johnson said. "And when we do, we'll be jumping around the office."
Jessica Vander Velde can be reached at (813) 226-3433 or email@example.com.