I don’t know if you guys know this, but there was a serial killer on the loose in Charlotte County.
In 1994, two hunters came across a decomposing body. His body couldn’t be identified and was given the temporary name of John Doe #1.
Over the next couple of years, around 4 more bodies were found near the area that John Doe #1 was found. They were mutilated and decomposed and all shared the same characteristics and circumstances as John Doe #1.
Daniel O. Conahan, who was 42 at the time, was the main suspect. He was tried for murder for one of the victims and was sentenced to death.
An anthropologist from FGCU was working on cold cases and in 2013 they submitted one of John Doe #1’s teeth for DNA extraction. Some of that data was submitted to family and genealogy databases and managed to find a potential family member.
After talking to the family, investigators found out they had a brother that has been missing since the early ’90s. This led investigators to confirm the identity of John Doe #1 as Jerry Lombard.
Anyone with information on Jerry Lombard is encouraged to call 941-639-2101.