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Inside the Evidence: Who killed Tammy Jo Alexander?

May 10, 2019 11:29 PM

CALEDONIA, N.Y. (WHEC) —  It's a cold case that has captivated the country. A teen girl from Florida found dead in a cornfield in Caledonia. 

Tammy Jo Alexander was shot and killed nearly 40 years ago. News10NBC's Nikki Rudd is taking us Inside the Evidence as investigators continue to search for her killer. 

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There was a big break in this case four years ago. For decades the body found in that cornfield in 1979 was only known as Caledonia Jane Doe. In 2015, she was identified through DNA as Tammy Jo Alexander. 

The 16-year-old had run away from her home in Brookesville, Florida. How she ended up here in Western New York is still a mystery and investigators still don't know who shot and killed her. 

News10NBC found out Livingston County sheriff's investigators went to Florida. Specifically to a truck stop. 

"It is just out in the middle of nowhere," said Livingston County Sheriff Investigator Brad Schneider. 

Tammy Jo's mom and step dad ran the truck stop, and Tammy Jo worked there. 

"She had run away before. She had hitchhiked with a friend," Investigator Schneider said. "Maybe she hitchhiked up here with a truck driver and what better place than a truck stop that her mother ran and she frequented."

In our full report, News10NBC takes you through the evidence in the case. Plus, a message from beyond the grave. For the first time investigators share a message from Tammy Jo written months before her death. 

The FBI is offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in this case. If you have any information call (585)243-7100 or 1-844-LCSO-TIP. 

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Nikki Rudd

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