No New Leads Six Years After Mother/Daughter Murdered
GAINESVILLE - There remains no motive, no murder weapon and no suspect.
And six years later, there is still no justice for a mother and daughter who were murdered in their home.
It's been six years since 28-year-old Heather Radcliffe and her 6-year-old daughter Kira were killed and their home burned to cover up the crime.
Gainesville Police Det. Benjamin Smith says he is still deeply disturbed by the double murder on Dec. 9, 2006.
While he believes there are possible witnesses and one day it will eventually be solved, he said the case is now at a standstill.
Any helpful evidence was destroyed in the fire and waiting for people to come forward with information has been a wait in vain.
"It's very frustrating," Smith said. "We know someone knows what happened. There's somebody out there wrestling with coming forward with information that they have that may lead to an arrest in this case."
Smith calls it surreal walking through the murder scene, which is now an empty lot.
Weeds stand where a house once existed at 1715 NW 32nd Place in northwest Gainesville.
Despite the emptiness, neighbors say the murders still have a presence in the neighborhood.
"It does kind of loom over the neighborhood," said Brian LaPierre, whose house is adjacent to where the Radcliffe's had been. "It's still a little palpable. You can sense all the uneasiness that everyone feels."
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