FBI offers $20K for info on death of Hernando woman

HERNANDO COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – FBI offered a reward for information on the death of the Hernando County woman whose body was found in New York.

Tammy Jo Alexander, born in 1963, lived in Brooksville and went to Hernando High. She disappeared around 1979 but she was not reported missing until 2014 when her friend Laurel Nowell called the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office to file a missing persons report for her former classmate and friend.

Hernando deputies got in touch with Tammy Jo’s relatives – her stepsister and half-sister and those women confirmed that she had disappeared sometime between 1977 and 1979. Nobody in the teen’s family ever told law enforcement about it.

In 2014 Tammy Jo was entered into the Florida Crime Information Center database and the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System.

Last year in January Hernando detectives received a note from their colleagues in New York that a Jane Doe in Livingston County, NY, was matched to Tammy Jo.

With the help of DNA, detectives confirmed it was her. According to NY law enforcement, Tammy Jo’s body was found in a cornfield in 1979. Police said she was 16 years old and a victim of a homicidal violence.

According to police, she was shot with a .38 caliber weapon, once in the head and then again in the back, after she was dragged to the cornfield from the road.

The Federal Bureau of Investigations is now offering a $20,000 reward for the information that may lead to the arrest of a person or people responsible for Tammy Jo’s homicide.

When she was found in NY, she was wearing tan corduroy jeans, a multi-colored plaid tammyjo2cotton/polyester shirt, blue knee socks, brown rippled-sole shoes, and a red nylon-lined man’s windbreaker with black stripes down the arms and a collar label reading “Auto Sports Products, Inc.”

She was also wearing a silver necklace with three small turquoise stones, one resembling a bird. She had a two-piece locket keychain in the shape of a lock and a key, which read “He who holds the key can open my heart.”

If you have any information about Tammy Jo’s death, please contact Detective B. Schneider at the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office at (585)247-7100 or Detective George Loydgren at the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office (352)754-6830.

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