Update: Investigation into Markel Murder Continues
FBI Assisting TPD Violent Crimes Unit
July 17, 2015
The Tallahassee Police Department Violent Crimes Unit, with assistance from the FBI, have been actively investigating the murder of Florida State University Law Professor Daniel Markel since his death on July 18, 2014. TPD is releasing two updates to the case, one focusing on the vehicle specifics and the other focuses on a new reward amount.
Please see the attached images of the suspect car, determined to be a 2006-2009 Toyota Prius. The color is named 'Silver Pine Mica' by Toyota and appears metallic to light green, depending on lighting. The windows of the car are dark tinted.
- The vehicle has three (3) distinctive characteristics:
- A missing tow bolt cover on the driver's side front bumper.
- A black passenger side mirror housing (the driver's side mirror housing is the same color as the car body).
- A toll transponder similar to a Sunpass or E-pass in the center of the front windshield.
- This vehicle may have been used to commit this crime without the owner's knowledge.
- A Twenty Five Thousand Dollar ($25,000) reward is still available through Crime Stoppers for anonymous tips in this case.
- An independent source is now offering a separate reward of up to One Hundred Thousand dollars ($100,000) for information provided directly to TPD that leads to an arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the murder of Daniel Markel. Information can be provided via E-mail to the Tallahassee Police Department Violent Crimes Unit or by calling 850-891-4462.
UPDATE: July 31, 2014
This information is being released on behalf of the Tallahassee Leon County Consolidated Dispatch Agency.
A redacted copy of the 9-1-1 call received by the Consolidated Dispatch Agency (CDA) for Tallahassee and Leon County on July 18, reporting the shooting of FSU law professor Dan Markel, is being released today under Florida's public records law. It is available at this link: http://www.cdaaudio.com .
A representative from the CDA will be available to the news media at 2 p.m. today at the Public Safety Complex at 911 Easterwood Drive (Access is from Weems Road, just north of the roundabout at Easterwood and Weems).
UPDATE: July 30, 2014
Due to a generous donation from a private citizen, the reward money offered by CrimeStoppers in the Dan Markel investigation has been raised to $10,000. Community members with information regarding the investigation are asked to call (850) 574-TIPS or (850) 891-4462. CrimeStoppers does not want your name just your information and you may be eligible for a cash reward. All information is confidential.
UPDATE: July 28, 2014
The Tallahassee Police Department is releasing a portion of the dispatch call notes from the day of Mr. Markel's death. The notes are available on Talgov.com.
Please note: In order to provide the dispatch notes in a timely manner, the "notes" are from the Fire Department's dispatch log.
If a community member has any information about this case, please call the dedicated "Tip Line" at (850) 891-4462. You may also choose to report any information to CrimeStoppers at (850) 574-TIPS. All information is confidential and the reward for any information leading to an arrest in this case is $3000.00
UPDATE: July 28, 2014
Investigators involved with the Dan Markel homicide investigation are asking for anyone who may have seen Mr. Markel in the following areas on Thursday, July 17th or Friday, July 18th, 2014 to please contact the Tallahassee Police Department at the numbers below:
- The corridor of Interstate 10 (I-10) and Thomasville Road possibly near commercial/retail establishments
- In the area of Tharpe Street and Mission Road
- The surrounding area of the FSU Law School
- In the area of the Congregation Shomrei Torah Home located at 4858 Kerry Forest Parkway
Mr. Markel would have been driving a 2008 black Honda accord with a Florida license plate of 534YBM.
If a community member has any information about this case or locations, please call the dedicated "Tip Line" at (850) 891-4462. You may also choose to report any information to CrimeStoppers at (850) 574-TIPS. All information is confidential and the reward for any information leading to an arrest in this case is $3000.00
UPDATE: July 25, 2014
Due to recent updates of specific information involving the death of Mr. Markel, TPD investigators have released portions of the original report in the case.
Chief Michael J. DeLeo is asking for the communities continued support as the investigation moves forward. "Our investigators are using all resources available to them and are continuing to explore all of the tips that we have received. I want to personally thank everyone for the tips we have received in this case and ask you to keep the Markel family in your thoughts and prayers" said Chief DeLeo.
If a community member has any information about this case, please call the dedicated "Tip Line" at (850) 891-4462. You may also choose to report any information to CrimeStoppers at (850) 574-TIPS. All information is confidential and the reward for any information leading to an arrest in this case is $3000.00.
Update: July 23, 2014
Investigators from the Violent Crimes Unit continue to follow leads in the investigation of Mr. Markel's death. To this point we have received over 50 tips via the dedicated line at (850) 891-4462. The investigators are reminding residents they can also choose to report any information to CrimeStoppers at (850) 574-TIPS. All information is confidential and the reward for any information leading to an arrest in this case is $3000.00
Investigators have spoken with numerous commercial businesses in the surrounding area and have received several video images of the roadways surrounding the incident location. Chief Michael J. DeLeo is asking anyone with personal video surveillance cameras, who live in the Trescott Drive area to also contact the "Tip Line," as they may have inadvertently recorded any persons or vehicles of interest. "In this day and age, many of our citizens use cameras for home and personal protection. Our hope is one of those cameras could provide us with a piece of vital information to bring this terrible tragedy to a close for all of those involved" said Chief DeLeo.
TPD is also releasing an image of a vehicle seen in the area on the day of the crime, but stress this is only a vehicle of interest, as it may have been a resident, passerby or delivery driver. Investigators are asking anyone with information about this vehicle or a similar vehicle to please call us at the Tip Line. Please see the image below.
A media representative will be at Jack McLean Community Center at 2:30pm today for comment regarding this update.
UPDATE: July 22, 2014
“While our investigators are continuing to interview all witnesses, we would like to thank our community members who have come forward and contacted us via the “Tip Line” we have set up. Remember, any one piece of information could be the one we need to bring this tragedy to a close and we encourage anyone who may have been in the area of the Trescott Drive on Friday July 18th to call us.” said Chief Michael J. DeLeo.
TPD has received so many calls, that the dedicated “Tip Line” remains active at (850) 891-4462, with all calls being returned and all leads investigated. Callers can also choose to report any information to CrimeStoppers at (850) 574-TIPS. All information is confidential and we are happy to announce CrimeStoppers has graciously raised the reward for any information leading to an arrest in this case to $3000.00
Chief Michael DeLeo said “While we cannot release specific information or details regarding this case, the Violent Crimes Unit is releasing that Mr. Markel’s cause of death was a fatal gunshot wound to the head. TPD will strive to release updates in a timely manner but must protect the integrity of the case so that we can assure a favorable outcome once this case is brought before the Judicial System.”
A TPD representative will be available at police headquarters at 1:00pm to speak with media personnel for today’s update.
As the Tallahassee Police Department continues to investigate the homicide of Daniel Markel, the Violent Crimes Unit has created a "Tip Line" solely dedicated to this investigation. In an attempt to locate any further witnesses, investigators are asking anyone who may have been in the area of the 2100 block of Trescott Drive on Friday July 18th, 2014 between the hours of 10:00am and Noon to please call us at (850) 891-4462. This includes delivery drivers, visitors to the neighborhood or even pedestrians that were walking in the area who may have seen or heard anything that would lead investigators to the suspect in this case. This phone line will be recorded and callers are asked to simply leave a voice message with as much information as possible about the case. Callers can also continue to use CrimeStoppers at (850) 574 –TIPS. All information is confidential and any information leading to an arrest in this case could provide a cash reward of up to $1000.00.
The initial investigation has provided no indication that this case is connected to a burglary or robbery and investigators are assuring residents there is no evidence this was a random act. Neighborhood residents should continue to be vigilant but it appears at this time that Mr. Markel was the intended victim in this incident.
TPD investigators are continuing to canvas the neighborhood for possible witnesses and further clues to this case. A TPD representative will be at the 2100 block of Trescott Drive at 11:30am today to meet with local media for comment related to this update. Chief Michael DeLeo said "TPD will work tirelessly to follow up on all leads and evidence in this case and our thoughts and prayers are with the Markel family as they endure this terrible tragedy. My investigators will do everything they can to see those responsible for this murder are brought to justice."
David Northway, TPD Public Information Office, (850) 891-4255