FORT LAUDERDALE (CBS4)- The father of a murdered teen is joining with the Broward Sheriff’s Office on the 9th anniversary of her death to announce a reward increase. He hopes that someone will come forward with information on the case.
Gary Karp, Marissa Karp’s father, is reaching out and asking anyone with information about his daughter’s killing to come forward. Karp, then 17, was found at Mile Marker 52 on Alligator Alley on August 19, 2002.
On that day, Collier County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call from a local fisherman who had discovered a plastic bag containing the body of a young woman.
Her body was battered, she was shot in the chest, stuffed into plastic bags, then dumped into a canal along Alligator Alley.
During the Friday morning news conference Crime Stoppers Commander Michael Calderin will announce that the reward for information in the case is being doubled to $10,000.
“If you have a conscience if you have children, put yourself in my place just for a few minutes,” Karp pleaded, “I bet you’d reach out and pick up that phone.”
Sheriff Al Lamberti will also make a plea for someone to supply the tip that detectives need to close the case and charge the killer.
The sheriff insisted, even nine years after the murder, his office is still getting closer to solving the case.
“It is not a cold case we’re making progress; we have leads; we continue to work every single day,” said BSO Sheriff Al Lamberti. “But we need just that one piece of the puzzle and someone out there has that piece of the puzzle and there’s $10,000 waiting for them if they know.”
A digital billboard donated by a local business, I95Billboard, is also helping to get the word out. The billboard located at I-95 and Hallandale Beach Boulevard in Pembroke Park is carrying the message that Marissa Karp is waiting for justice.
Anyone with information about Marissa Karp’s murder is urged to call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.