DNA Leads To 1988 Cold Case Homicide Arrest

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ramonamoore28242x25029-8229207MELBOURNE, Florida – The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office culminated a cold case homicide investigation on April 12 concerning the July 14, 1988, death of 22-year-old Ramona Lee Moore of Melbourne.  Agents arrested 47-year-old Robert Edward Peek, of Melbourne on charges of First Degree Premeditated Murder.

On the morning of July 14, 1988, construction workers paving a northern extension of Washingtonia Drive, west of Melbourne, discovered the body of a woman later identified as Ramona Lee Moore.  The victim was found nude, beaten and left in a retention area which had filled with water during a recent rain.  The Medical Examiner determined the cause of death to be drowning and classified the death as a homicide.

During 2011, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office received a CODIS hit in reference to a DNA profile match from evidence recovered at the murder scene.  The DNA matched the profile of Peek to an item of evidence located in the area of Moore’s body.  During 2012, Peek was interviewed by investigators in reference to the murder.  Peek denied any involvement in the death of Moore and provided a DNA sample for comparison to any evidence from the case.  Lab comparisons between this sample and evidence from the murder confirmed the previous CODIS results.

Last Thursday, Homicide agents interviewed Peek, who has been detained at the Brevard County Jail since his arrest on January 16, 2012, in reference to two cases involving the trafficking of stolen property.  Peek was again interviewed in reference to the murder.  As a direct result of this interview, coupled with the DNA findings, an arrest warrant was obtained and Peek was charged with the murder of Ramona Moore.  This investigation is the 6th Cold Case Homicide successfully solved by the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit during the past three years.  
Sheriff Jack Parker stated, “It is a very good feeling when we can meet with the family and tell them that the individual responsible for their loss is being brought to justice.  The law enforcement personnel involved in the investigation are absolutely determined to solve every case.  Our citizens would be amazed to watch them work; they are a very dedicated group of people.”

Anyone with information about the investigation is urged to call the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit at 321-633-8413 or CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477).  All calls to CRIMELINE are confidential, and callers can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward for information leading to an arrest.

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