After delaying justice for longer than it should be, it seems that an arrest has been made in the tragic case of Coralrose Fullwood. She is the little girl that disappeared from her home, only to have her body later discovered nearby. The case itself opened a wormhole filled with investigations, including when her siblings were removed from the home and her father was arrested for possession of child porn.
Police say DNA tied 27-year-old Patrick D. Murphy to the murder.The family was asked about Murphy, and there is so far no apparent connection between them and him. Her mother stated that she'd never seen him before.
"The warrant charges Murphy with the kidnapping, sexual battery and murder of 6 year-old Coralrose Fullwood," said North Port Police Chief Terry Lewis.
When he was arrested and charged with Coralrose's death, Murphy was already in jail serving time for burglary.
"All of have been saying since day one- we were more concerned about getting it right than doing it fast. I look you all in the eyes today and say I think we've done it right," said North Port Police Chief Terry Lewis.
At the press conference, North Port Police stressed they still need tips. They want to know what Murphy was up to in September 2006, around the time of Coralrose's murder.
If you have any information, contact the tipline at 941-429-7336. There is a $10,000 reward for additional information.
If you would like to remain anonymous, contact Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS.
ht to a reader who has done a wonderful job of updating me on this case.