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New interest in Hernando Co. cold case murder of Jennifer Odom

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The Hernando County Sheriff's office wants to close a painful case. Jennifer Odom was last seen alive getting off her school bus on February 19th, 1993.

Other children on the school bus reported seeing a suspicious pick up truck in the area when she got off the bus, but an intense search at the time failed to find her killer.

Jennifer's body was discovered six days after she vanished in Hernando County.

Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis says it's a case he can't forget about. Nienhuis says, " When somebody is that young, you know that there is nothing they did to bring this on and that makes it that much more heart wrenching when you're not able to solve it."

Now the sheriff is assigning a full time major case detective to take a fresh look at the case. Sheriff Neinhuis says it's no easy task.

"It has a thousand different people that are involved in it. Between, law enforcement officers, witnesses, possible suspects, relatives, there are literally dozens of binders and we're talking thick binders with paper in it.", says Ninehuis.

The sheriff hopes that after 20 years, the murder will be bothering someone's conscious, or that over time, relationships have changed and that someone who was afraid to call in, will call in now.

Ninehuis says there are detectives in his department that are eager to solve the case before they retire.

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