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Police waiting for sources to call again

Published Oct. 13, 2005

Two anonymous callers who may know who killed three Ohio women found in Tampa Bay two years ago have not responded to a public plea that they call police again. "We got calls from people who thought they were the right people but they weren't," said Detective Sgt. Glen "Boomer" Moore, who is heading the investigation of the murders of Joan Rogers and her daughters, Christe, 14, and Michelle, 17.

Moore held a news conference Tuesday to ask those two callers to call detectives again. After a May 20 appeal for help in the case, one caller told detectives the names of two men police believe may become prime suspects in the case. The other caller described the same two men without naming them.

Moore said he needs to hear from the callers again to develop more information.

The Police Department has offered a $25,000 reward to encourage the callers. Moore also warned that they may be in danger from the killers because of the information they have.

Because of the danger, "we're pushing the limit as it is to make this appeal," Moore said Thursday.

Detectives have received more than 50 new tips since Tuesday's appeal. As a result, detectives may be able to increase the number of potential suspects. They have seven, topped by the two men described by the two anonymous callers.

Detectives suspect that a serial killer, aided by another man, enticed the vacationing family members onto his large, blue and white boat after meeting them in Tampa on June 1, 1989. The women and weighted, and dropped live into Tampa Bay about 18 miles south of the public boat ramp just east of the span on the Courtney Campbell Parkway.

Police believe the killer is a controlled, meticulously neat, white man between 25 and 40 who has a fantasy life that may include an interest in bondage. He would have had access to a 20- to 25-foot blue and white boat and extensive knowledge of Tampa Bay, which would allow him to navigate in the dark.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 893-7104.