CLEARWATER — Homicide detectives are hopeful the city of Clearwater’s oldest cold case may receive a few fresh leads.
Clearwater Police revealed Monday afternoon that an anonymous donor as offered $5,000 for any information leading to an arrest in a double murder that took place on Christmas Eve 1968.
A media release states that homicide detectives are hoping the reward money will trigger someone coming forward with new details. The $5,000 dollars is combined with an existing Crime Stoppers reward of $1,000.
The 45-year old crime involved the home invasion, beating and killing of Nick and Demetra Jeatran. The Jeatrans lived near Drew Street, and detectives on the scene believed the incident was an apparent burglary.
Detective Thomas Dawe was quoted in the press release that he believes the killer or killers are still out there.
Despite the amount of time that has passed, cold cases can be revived with new information and sometimes lead to arrests. The Clearwater Police Department solved the 5-year-old murder of taxi driver Jack LaGrand earlier this year.