The Temple Terrace Police Department announced Thursday it is offering a $100,000 reward for information in the Sandra Prince case.
The 59-year-old Prince disappeared 7 years ago, in January 2006. Police found the door to her Temple Terrace home unlocked, and significant amounts of her blood in her car. Soon after her disappearance, someone used her ATM card twice.
Police even excavated the lot at a home on Vasconia St. in South Tampa in 2007, searching for her remains. The home had been built in 2006 by Prince's boyfriend, Earl Pippen. He stood to benefit financially from her death. Pippen remains a person of interest in the case. He has stopped cooperating with police.
"The best hopes for a good outcome faded long ago," said Prince's friend, Patrick Carney. "Now any finality or accountability would be welcomed."
Temple Terrace Police also said they are reclassifying Prince's case from a missing persons case to a homicide investigation. New technology will allow investigators to reexamine old evidence.
"All we lack is that one final bit of information that will allow us to show more clearly the facts that we need to substantiate the probably cause necessary to bring Sandra's murderer to justice," said Chief Ken Albano.
Prince's mother, Dovie Hamby, left the Temple Terrace Police Department $471,000 in her will. The department is using that money to put up the $100,000 reward.
Friends hope the reward prompts someone to come forward with information that will help bring them some closure.
"Somebody's got to have a guilty conscience," said Prince's friend, Faye Heath. "It's been seven years. How do you live with yourself?"
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