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Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015

Sheriff's office looking into Lake Jovita lead in 20-year-old unsolved murder case

Hernando Today staff report

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DADE CITY - The sheriff's office announced Tuesday they are working "one of hundreds of very ambiguous leads" in the Jennifer Odom homicide case in Lake Jovita.

In February 1993, 12-year-old Jennifer Odom stepped off of her school bus on Jim Denny Road in Pasco County. Her body was discovered in a Powell Road orange grove about a week later.

The Hernando County Sheriff's Office is working with the Pasco Sheriff's Office and FBI.

Public Information Officer Denise Moloney said it is still unknown if the Lake Jovita evidence is related to the Odom case, and the case continues to generate "hundreds and hundreds of leads."

Sheriff Al Nienhuis said it will take a period of time before the sheriff's office can determine if the recovered evidence is related to the case.

"We have been working several different angles on this case since I assigned a detective full time to this investigation," Nienhuis said in a press release. "We are, of course, hopeful that this is the break in this case that we have been waiting for."

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