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Dead Citrus man's family offers reward

Relatives of James Joseph Dore, who was found dead in a remote subdivision more than two years ago, are promising a $2,000 reward in the hope someone will help police find the killer.

Dore was 29 when his body was found in the Country Highlands subdivision, off U.S. 41 south of Floral City.

The body was found near the end of E Country Highlands Drive in grass about 15 feet off the road.

Police have refused to give details about the slaying, except to say Dore died of blunt trauma to the head.

In the 2{ years since the killing, the case has been assigned to at least two homicide detectives in the Citrus County Sheriff's Office, with the same results: no arrests.

The case is assigned to Detective John Plevell, a Dore family member said. Plevell did not return a telephone message.

But the Sheriff's Office is again reviewing the evidence, said Janet Dore, wife of the victim's brother, John Dore of Floral City.

Dore family members hope a new investigator, along with the reward money, will prompt someone to come forward with information.

The Dore family has lived in Floral City for six years, and John Dore, 41, said he thinks there is a good chance the renewed interest will spark a lead.

He said the killing has taken a toll on the family.

"When my brother first got murdered, my dad went into the hospital for heart failure. He never really recovered. He went back up North and came back down in June for our wedding and died later.

"It has been two years and not a day goes by that I don't think about how someone could do this to my brother," Dore said.

Janet Dore said she thinks information is out there that may lead to a suspect.

"This is a small community, somebody has to know something," she said.

According to the family and sheriff's reports, Dore was at Griff's Lounge in Inverness the morning of June 17, 1995. When the bar closed about 2 a.m., he and an unidentified man left the bar in Dore's pickup truck.

Dore drove to his father's home in Floral City, got $5 for gas for his truck and left.

That was the last time he was seen alive. His body was found shortly before noon the same day.

His truck was found stuck in a culvert later in Derby Oaks, about 3 miles from where the body was found.

The truck recently was released to the Dore family, and investigators had removed a section of the seat cover, which had blood stains. The truck has since been sold.

If you have information about Dore's slaying, call Plevell at the Sheriff's Office at 726-4488.

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