HALLANDALE BEACH (CBSMiami) — The father of a murdered teenager says its high time someone is held accountable for her death.
Gary Karp and his son attended a hearing at the Broward courthouse Monday to draw attention to their case
Marissa Karp disappeared from Hallandale Beach back in August 2002. She was shot and her body dumped in a garbage bag in the Everglades.
“Its time to start naming names” said her father Gary Karp.
Karp said based on search warrants, conversations he’s had with homicide investigators and a gut instinct that Eloyn Ingraham is connected to her death.
Ingraham is currently in jail getting close to standing trial for the shooting death of Broward Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Tephord. Tephord was shot after prosecutors say he pulled over Ingraham during a traffic stop
“I believe Ingraham believes he was being stopped for Marissa’s murder and panicked,” said Karp before a status hearing for Ingraham on Monday.
Investigators would not comment on Karp’s assertions but the last time they talked about his daughter’s murder they confirmed she was staying with reputed Bahamian drug dealer Almanto Coakley who himself was murdered in the Bahamas.
“We were hoping that we would receive some information from people who either knew or had heard about the victim’s death from Almanto Coakley but have kept silent over the years because of a sense of loyalty to Mr. Coakley or fear for Mr. Coakley,” said Det. John Curcio back in August.
Karp said Ingraham was part of Coakley’s South Florida cocaine drug operation and he wants investigators to do more to connect the dots.
“I made a commitment to Marissa. I may have failed her in life but I am going to get justice for her in death,” said Karp.
If you have information call Broward Crimestoppers at (954) 493-TIPS.