Crime Stoppers

Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, Pinellas County Sheriff's Office
Chief Daniel Slaughter, Clearwater Police Department
Major David Dalton, Clearwater Police Department
Assistant Chief James Previtera, St. Petersburg Police Department
Mr. Dan Dunnivant, General Manager, Clear Channel Outdoor
Deborah Martino, Coordinator, Crime Stoppers of Pinellas County, Inc.

A press conference was held today to announce the Crime Stoppers Pinellas cold case billboard campaign.

The press conference was held on Thursday, March 3, 2016, at 11:00 a.m.

The press conference was held at the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office Administration Building located at 10750 Ulmerton Road in Largo. 

Today, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri hosted a press conference with Crime Stoppers of Pinellas County, local law enforcement leaders and Clear Channel Outdoor to announce a new cold case billboard campaign. Clear Channel Outdoor has generously donated and produced seven billboards to help law enforcement profile some of their unsolved homicides and missing person's cases.  

Crime Stoppers of Pinellas County, through their partnership with Clear Channel Outdoor, is hoping that our Cold Case Billboard campaign will generate tips that will give some much needed closure to the families whose loved ones were victims of these unsolved crimes.

Synopses of the victims' cases are below:

Pinellas County Sheriff's Office Cold Cases

- Gary Noordhoek (Pronounced Nordhook)

Gary Noordhoek, was a 38 year old, white male who was found shot to death at 8780 126th Ave North, on June 28th 1996. The location is a warehouse with a room that was converted to an efficiency apartment. He was found by the owner of the warehouse Noordhoek resided in Manatee County and would stay in this apartment when dealing with his businesses, which were located in Pinellas County. Among the businesses owned by Noordhoek was the Whitney Road Storage.

His car, a green 1992 Infinity Q45, was stolen from the scene and later found in a tow lot in Pinellas Park. The car had been towed from 6080 126 Ave, in Pinellas Park.

Noordhoek was last seen alive by friends while having dinner on June 25, 1996 at approximately 10:00 PM in the area of the Brandon Town Center.

- Lynnette Campbell

Lynette Campbell was a 35-year-old, white female, who lived with her mother and at the time of her death her 10 year old daughter, in Tarpon Springs.
Campbell was last seen alive by her mother on May 31, 1996 at 11:00 p.m., as she was leaving her residence to visit a "new" boyfriend, Mark. She was reported to have been seen by witnesses in the early morning hours of June 1, 1996, at the Bridge Lounge in Tarpon Springs. Her "new" boyfriend Mark has not been identified by investigators.

Campbell was reported missing, by her mother, on June 10, 1996.

Her vehicle, a crme colored 1997 Oldsmobile Royale, was seen abandoned on June 7, 1996 and later recovered on June 10, 1996, in a wooded area,  north of Anclote Road, in Tarpon Springs.

Lynette Campbell's body was recovered on June 15, 1996 along the Anclote River. The manner of death was determined to be homicide and cause of death as homicidal violence.

Clearwater Police Department Cold Cases

- Melanie Landra Warren

On Sunday, May 24, 1992, at 11:26 p.m.  Melanie Warren was sitting alone on the front porch of a friend's house at 1012 Jones Street in Clearwater when she was shot and killed in a drive by shooting.  Melanie was 15 years old at the time of her murder.  Melanie attended Tarpon Springs High School where she was an honor student and stand out basketball player.

Shortly before midnight, a vehicle drove by, and fired several rounds at the residence; one of those rounds striking and killing Melanie. The suspect vehicle is described as a Lincoln Continental, 4 door, white in color, with a sky blue vinyl top, possibly a 1978-1979 model in good condition.  The vehicle has hub cap spokes, dark tinted windows and white wall tires with thin white stripes.

Exhaustive efforts to identify and locate this vehicle have been unsuccessful to date.  Several theories of the shooting have been developed and are being investigated to this day.  It should be noted that none of these theories suggest any wrongdoing or criminal activity on the part of Melanie Warren.

- Zachary Michael-Cole Bernhardt

On September 11, 2000, 8-year-old Zachary Bernhardt was living with his mother, Leah Hackett in an apartment complex in the 2600 block of Drew Street, Clearwater, FL.  Mrs. Hackett told Detectives she went to the pool area at

2:00 a.m. to take a short walk and swim.  Mrs. Hackett advised investigators that Zachary was asleep in his room when she left for her walk.  When Mrs.

Hackett returned, Zachary was missing from their residence.

An extensive search of the area produced no evidence as to Zachary's whereabouts. Zachary was last seen wearing an unknown color of boxer shorts.  Zachary has a scar on the bridge of his nose, under his chin and on the upper right side of his lip.  Zachary is described as an intelligent and cheerful child who excelled in school.

Detectives conducted hundreds of interviews based on countless leads in an attempt to identify a suspect in this case.  Zachary's disappearance remains unsolved.

St. Petersburg Police Department Cold Cases

- Malayshia Gamble

On January 9, 2009, 15-year-old, Malayshia Gamble was found fully clothed in a vacant field in the 800 block of Preston Avenue South at about 8:00 a.m. by a citizen.  The victim was found to have been fatally wounded by a gunshot.

Investigators believe that someone living in the neighborhood has information that can help solve this crime.

- Tracy Lee Pulido

On Sunday, August 18, 2013, 42-yearold Tracy Lee Pulido, was found deceased inside her bedroom at Fountain Court Apartments, located at 600 40th St.
North. There were signs of a violent struggle in Tracy's living room. The last time anyone saw the victim alive was on Saturday, August 17th between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Pulido left her son at a friend's apartment, who called police when Tracy Pulido failed to answer her phone to pick up her son.

Investigators believe that the killer may have been known to her and may also reside in the same area.

- Paula Witthaus & James Rapp

On Tuesday, January 28, 2014, 54-year-old Paula Witthaus and 67-year-old James Rapp were found deceased inside their home, located at 2840 17th Ave. North.
There were no signs of forced entry and according to investigators; there are no witnesses, suspects or evidence linking a suspect to this case. Further, there have been no tips leading to a suspect or a person of interest.

If you have information that may assist investigators in solving these crimes and wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477).

If your tip leads to an arrest, you may be eligible for a reward of up to $3,000. You must only call Crime Stoppers to be eligible for a reward.

You can also report anonymously online at, text "TIP144 plus your tip" to 274637(CRIMES) or send a mobile tip using our new "Tip Submit Mobile" application, which is a free download for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices.

Posted by Thursday, March 3, 2016 4:49:00 PM Categories: General News

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