Do you have information regarding the murder of Gilchrist County native Junior Kelly?
If so, make a confidential call!
A reward of $15,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for the crime.
Sheriff Bobby Schultz can be reached at (352) 275-4748 or simply call the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office at 463-3410.
November 19, 2014 marked six years since the 78-year-old farmer was brutally murdered in his home.
Sheriff Schultz said on Monday that the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office is actively working the case and will continue to do so until justice is served. Since taking office, Sheriff Schultz has put a renewed emphasis on solving the crime, which has led to numerous tips coming in to the Sheriff’s Office.
“We’re in the rumor business, if anyone knows anything please call me, or call the Sheriff’s Office,” Sheriff Schultz said. “I’m not going to leave any stone unturned. This case has been and will continue to be on the forefront of every investigator’s desk at the Sheriff’s Office.”
The Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office is working with the 8th Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
On November 19, 2008, Junior Kelly was found dead inside his home on County Road 341 in what then-Sheriff David Turner called, “An apparent home invasion that took place in the middle of the night.”
The victim of at least five burglaries between June 5, 2007 and November 19, 2008, Kelly feared for his own safety.
At no time was his fear more evident than in a Letter to the Editor printed in the July 24, 2008 issue of the Gilchrist County Journal, when Kelly stated a number of items had been stolen from his home.
“Although the loss of money and stolen items is troubling, the real and most damaging loss is my peace of mind,” Kelly stated in the letter. “At 78, I should not have to deal with waking up at night, lying in my bed, and listening for an intruder.”
Kelly’s foreboding words, which included the following statement, “The boldness of the criminals heightens my concern,” were meant to serve as a warning to the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office that action must be taken to protect not only himself, but all citizens of Gilchrist County.
In referring to Junior Kelly’s murder, Sheriff Schultz has said, “Some in this community have stood silent for too long. You need to stand up and be counted.”
“Somebody knows something about this case,” Schultz said. “Do you have the courage to come forward?”
Remember there is a $15,000 reward being offered and callers will remain confidential.
By Carrie A. Mizell