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Police: Sanford teen's death can be solved

Posted July 24, 2008

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— Sanford police said the death of a teenager at her home in April is being investigated as a homicide.

Dana Shorb, 17, was found dead on April 26 in the shower of the home at 210 Bounty Lane that she shared with her boyfriend and their child.

An autopsy, released Wednesday, found that Shorb died of a stab wound to the chest. She was also stabbed in the arms, head, neck and chest 11 times.

Police had declined to classify Shorb's death as murder, even after the autopsy called her death "violent and suspicious." Early Thursday evening, Capt. Dave Smith said the death was indeed a case of homicide and that he was confident it would be solved.

Smith said police had questioned Shorb's boyfriend, but that he was not a suspect.

Shorb's mother declined an interview with WRAL News, but said her daughter's life ended too soon.

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  • GetRight Jul 25, 2008

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    An autopsy, released Wednesday, found that Shorb died of a stab wound to the chest. She was also stabbed in the arms, head, neck and chest 11 times.

    Police had declined to classify Shorb's death as murder, even after the autopsy called her death "violent and suspicious.""

    This makes no sense. If it wasn't a homicide what could it have been? Tripped and fell cutting tomatoes for dinner? Suicide? Twilight Zone? Sheesh!

  • NCGal Jul 25, 2008

    I thought they'd already finished their investigation and turned everything over to the da. Now they're saying the "death can be solved".

    What am I missing here?

  • pddpirate97 Jul 25, 2008

    I'm with NCTeacher4327. That was my first impression of the story as well.

  • Just WhiskeyKel Jul 25, 2008

    This is terrible! Why wait so long to post this? Where's her boyfriend and her baby? How could it not be a homicide?

  • wrrgirl Jul 25, 2008

    The child was two months old at the time of the murder. How truly ridiculous for them not to originally come out saying this was a homicide. Pair this with the drug bust situation and it truly does make Sanford PD seem incompetent.

  • Scarecrow Cow Jul 24, 2008

    Oh my goodness, you're right - this case is four months old! I thought it just happened! Where is justice?! I have full respect for law enforcement and understand solving a crime is infinitely more complicated than the public realizes, but I think they should have at least *announced* it by now, and maybe had a suspect or two. I have no way of knowing what's going on behind the scenes in this case but it really seems like they're dragging their feet a bit. Similar cases have moved much more quickly in other jurisdictions. If she was stabbed 11 times in the shower, the killer must have gone through at least several rooms of the apartment and left evidence for them to work with, right?

  • bendover197340 Jul 24, 2008

    The headline for this story says it all:

    Sanford teen death CAN be solved!

    Yeah we KNOW it CAN be solved, but only if you bring in a COMPETENT POLICE FORCE to replace these idiots in charge of the case!

  • teacher-mom Jul 24, 2008

    I cannot believe this is not classifies as a homocide. AEven if this girl was a cutter, I doubt she would have stabbed herself in the chest. What is going on in Sanford? I guess they were too busy posting on UTube. I am thankful this is not my child; thhere might be other crimes to solve. My sympathy to the family.

  • bendover197340 Jul 24, 2008

    Americangirl81,

    Does it take FOUR MONTHS TO TELL THE PUBLIC THAT IT WAS A HOMICIDE?

    Well, I can tell you right now I am glad I am not associated with the Sanford PD. Their BIG BOYS videotape drug busts and post them on YOUTUBE!!!! Genius, I say, pure GENIUS'!!! They seem like a nice group of malcontents who tend to s crew up major cases. Now you run along right now and watch your Nancy Grace and Matlock re-runs.

  • NCTeacher4327 Jul 24, 2008

    If she was stabbed ELEVEN times, why didn't they rule this a homicide right from the get-go? Did they think she fell on the knife a lot?

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