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Police tightlipped on Sanford teen's death

Posted July 24, 2008

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— Sanford police refused to call the stabbing death of a teenager in April a homicide Thursday, saying the case is still under investigation.

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. The report called Shorb's death "violent and suspicious."

Police said when the investigation is complete, they will hand it over to the Lee County district attorney, but declined to classify it as a crime.

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

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  • butterfly2005 Jul 24, 2008

    Again the media has done it again- At first I thought all of this was political between the two departments. -after reading this article-I am re-thinking the situation-However I am not saying there isn't some political strategy going on. However I will say-I am sure both department have faults(most agencies does)-however they are some good ..You just don't hear alot about it..I guess that would be to be boring.. The media is telling you what they want you to hear. For one, if you notice the autopsy wasn't completed until July 22.. Further more- I know the Detectives work very hard at their jobs and I am very proud of them. They put in alot of longs hours. I know there are alot wise cracks -however if you truely new the truth and the people- alot of these comments wouldn't be made.

  • URADA Jul 24, 2008

    "It doesn't take much to get a badge for the Sanford PD. I hear you have to send off 4 proofs of purchase through C racker Jack to get a shiny badge! Now you run along and continue to defend these morons WHO ARE APPOINTED TO PROTECT AND SERVE ME AND MY FAMILY!"

    No, actually that's how you get a badge from the Lee County Sheriff's Dept. Well, that and failing BLET.

  • bendover197340 Jul 24, 2008

    "Take care and next time you have an emergency,,, dont call 911, solve it yourself."

    I am sure I could solve just as many cases as the bungled Sanford PD. They remind me of Reno 911. Here is a bright idea...Let us go and post some videos on YOUTUBE! Yeah, let's do that so these drug dealers can get off scott free! It doesn't take much to get a badge for the Sanford PD. I hear you have to send off 4 proofs of purchase through C racker Jack to get a shiny badge! Now you run along and continue to defend these morons WHO ARE APPOINTED TO PROTECT AND SERVE ME AND MY FAMILY!

  • Americangirl81 Jul 24, 2008

    bendover, I am not questioning your opinion, after all everybody has one. But you cant make blanket statements about all officers when a couple make mistakes. I am sure you have made mistakes as we all have. You appear to be chastising innocent officers by your comments. Sometimes, if you knew anything about investigations, it is imperative to solving a case to keep it out of the public. If it was the case of a serial killer, I am sure the authorities would have made that public. You seem to have no concern whatsoever for the victim nor the investigation.It is easy to sit in your comfortable environment and type out accusations on your key board, which any reasonable person would see thru you. Take care and next time you have an emergency,,, dont call 911, solve it yourself.

  • Citizen7265 Jul 24, 2008

    mlr3, you are so right about this: "A few years ago, there was another woman murdered in her home under strange circumstances. A man was convicted of this crime, but many people here in Lee county feel he was not the one responsible. The dead womans husband is the son of the lead investigator is this case. Maybe the evidence will appear or disappear depending on where the guilt lies."
    Here is hoping Capt. Smith will do a better job with this case.

  • bendover197340 Jul 24, 2008

    "How dare some of you to write about corruption and past incidents."

    How dare YOU question my opinion about the Lee County Sheriff's office and Sanford PD. Over the past two days we have found out that two former employees helped aid two felons in a drug bust. And today we have learned of an April homicide that is just now coming to light! Give me a f reaking break! Investigations should be of public interest especially if a killer is loose on the streets of Sanford. Your diatribe is that of idiocy.

  • Americangirl81 Jul 24, 2008

    Some of you guys are really pathetic. There are reasons for handling investigations in certain ways. Some people on here are way to quick to blame or accuse the police for what they think are wrong doings. The investigation done by any police agency is just part of the picture. I havnt read anywhere that says the police have botched this investigation or have withheld anything. If some of you think you would make better officers or district attorneys, then have at it, until then, don't judge and condemn things you don't know about. There are way more good officers out there that do a wonderful job and would put their lives on the line for any of you, even those pointing fingers. Sanford Police Department and Lee County Sheriffs Office employ men and women that take their jobs very seriously and thrive to be professional. How dare some of you to write about corruption and past incidents. GROW UP !

  • beachboater Jul 24, 2008

    Obviously a suicide. Like the pregnant marine in Jacksonville, the guy said she cut her own throat.

    You just have to understant the facts.

    (just in case, this post if dripping with sarcasm)

  • Slip Kid Jul 24, 2008

    This is further fall-out from the Duke Lacrosse case. Police are clamping down their investigations to avoid any 'rush to judgement' criticism and possible lawsuits. This is part of the information shutdown in the Cary/Cooper case, too. Gee, another pleasant surprise courtesy of that lying woman.

  • URADA Jul 24, 2008

    "Tracy Carter is doing a great job. Were you on the opposing teams election campaign team?"
    Tracy Carter does not have a thing to do w/ the Sanford Police Dept. You live in Lee County and you do not know this? No wonder you think Tracy is doing a great job. Geesh.

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