Florida the police announced Tuesday a break in a cold case dating back almost 20 years involving a 15 year old girl who was found violently murdered inside his own home, as new DNA technology pinned down an inmate serving an unrelated life sentence.
Speaking at a press conference alongside Farrah Carter's family, the Miramar Police Department announced a hiatus in her 2002 murder , as "the advancement of DNA technology and diligence and workrelentless detectives "led to the indictment of Joseph L. Pollard for first degree murder. Carter " reportedly celebrated his 35th birthday on September 10, but instead the family is grateful for doing so. one more step towards justice, "the department said in a statement.
The victim was only 15 when her mother and sister returned home on May 22, 2002, in the house the family recently started renting in the 6500 block of Southwest 27th Street and found the teenager dead from multiple stab wounds in her own room.
Police said that there was no evidence of forced entry into the house, but puddles of blood covering the tiled floor in the family room indicated a violent struggle between Farrah and her attacker, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported.
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It was not clear if she knew Pollard, but a neighbor told police he saw a man talking with the teenager in the doorway earlier during the day - but he was not allowed in and left. Pollard was on parole at the time Carter was killed.
"For detectives to get this information, " Farrah's mother, Kim Battle, said at Tuesday's press conference. "It 's very nice, in a way, but it ' s very heartbreaking… There is a big hole in my heart that will never be filled. For many nights after that I sat in it. the living room on a big chair hoping she would walk through that door. "
" For 19 years, "Farrah's father Tony Carter also told the confpress erence crying. "I have not been able to get my life back into my own hands. Everything has changed in my life. Right now it 's like the first day of the rest of my life. I ' m hoping to make a fresh start. But I miss my baby so much. "
Farrah Carter was found stabbed inside the house her family rented in the 6500 block of Southwest 27th Street on May 22, 2002. She was 15. An indictment was announced around this time.ui would have been his 35th birthday. (Miramar Police Department)
A man 's shoe print was seen on the tiles in the teenager ' s blood . A pot was smashed, a chair was knocked over, and the sofa had been pushed across the room against a window and blinds. The bedspread in her mother's bedroom was also drenched in blood, Miramar police spokeswoman Tania R ues described as one of the "most gruesome crime scenes we have seen. detectives ever met. "
" She was a daddy's girl and I was a daddy's girl growing up. We had that bond, that connection, "said Jasmine Carter, who was only 10 years old when she found her murdered sister, according to target WPLG . "I don't know what a 15 year old girl would do to kill her like that. It was a passionate crime.
"You wouldn't think that at age 8 you remembered that much " another sister, Keli Craig, said at Tuesday's press conference. "But I remember that day like it was you yesterday.
"Today is overwhelming for us " she continued, "It There really is no closure, the only closure we would feel would be if my sister walked through that door and said, 'Hey, all of you, I'm fine. "
DNA was recovered from the scene and entered into a national database, but it will be years before a success comes for Pollard in 2019 amid new advancements in DNA technology. Investigators interviewed Pollard twice in prison, and he denied any involvement each time. But other DNA matches recovered from a pair of shoes and a door frame provided enough evidence for an arraignment, police said.
The detective of Miramar Police Joe Tomlin said state prosecutors w I will continue to pursue the case against Pollard, who is already serving a life sentence at Taylor Correctional Institution in Perry He will be extradited next week by the Broward Sheriff's Office.
Barely two years after Carter was stabbed to death, Pollard was sentenced in the summer of 2004 to life in prison. at the age of 39 in an unrelated case involving kidnapping, burglary and theft. He is now 56. Pollard had a history of violence against women, and his criminal record, which went back decades, included cocaine possession, vehicle theft, and lewd and lascivious acts involving minors.