Tampa Bay Times from St. Petersburg, Florida on May 15, 1981 · 30
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Tampa Bay Times from St. Petersburg, Florida · 30

St. Petersburg, Florida
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Friday, May 15, 1981
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c TIMES FRIDAY, MAY 15, 1981 3 Services planned, but car-fire victims' identities still unconfirmed By DERALD EVERHART Hernando Tlmot Staff Writer BROOKS VILLE Although the family of Ricky Lee Merrill has scheduled memorial services for Saturday afternoon, they still do not know for sure that he is dead. The identities of the two bodies found early Saturday morning in a burning car in Brooksville were still unconfirmed late Thursday afternoon, Brooksville Police Chief Ron Novy said. "We're hoping that we'll get some notification on the one body Friday," Novy said, adding that he had no other information about the cause of the fire or the cause of the deaths. A FORENSIC dentist in Tampa was furnished with Merrill's dental records Tuesday, but because of her busy schedule, she has not had a chance to compare the dental records with the body's X-rays, Novy said. But Merrill's family is so convinced he died in the fire that nearly consumed his 1979 Chevrolet El Camino that they have scheduled a memorial service for 1 p.m. Saturday at Florida Hills Memorial Gardens on Spring Hill Boulevard. That is, the service will be held if his body is identified by then, Mark Merrill, Ricky's older brother, said Thursday. "There's a possibility the services may be held Sunday or Monday if they don't identify him by Saturday," Merrill said. MARK MERRILL and David Colyer, the brother of Don Colyer, spent more than three hours Thursday talking with Novy and Detective Bob Johnson about the investigation. Miss Colyer, 20, of High Point, has been missing since Saturday when she failed to report to work at Fat Boy's Restaurant in Brooksville. Miss Colyer's friends have told members of her family that she left the Hilltop Lounge at 1 a.m. Saturday with Merrill and said they would return in half an hour. But they never came back. The meeting with Novy and Johnson Thursday was arranged to give family members an idea of the progress of the case and what the police are doing to identify the burned bodies and the reasons for the deaths, David Colyer said Thursday. On Wednesday, the families of Miss Colyer and Merrill complained to The Times that the investigation seemed to be going too slowly. MARK MERRILL said he believes the Thursday marathon discussion session was beneficial to the families. "They assured us they were working hard on the case. I feel better about it now," Merrill said. "It's a very involved case and I think they're doing a fine job." ....... - - . .ifW;ii s ,.-,, ... jy V' V'"1 "-'- '-"", v Dry lake bed of Lake Camp-A-Wyle. Dark areas on edge of Lake Camp-A-Wyle shows how it has dropped during the drought. Lack of rain is drying up lC Suncoast lakes rrffr:ii Florida started off 1 981 with a rainfall deficit from 1 980, and things have been even dryer this year. Boaters are being left high and dry at some lakes, as seen here at Camp-A-Wyle campground near U.S. 19 in northwest Hernando County. Governmental agencies throughout Florida are planning voluntary and possibly mandatory water use restrictions. As of Thursday, the weather reports weren't offering much hope. Hwnando Timet BOB MOREL AND A WHOPPING SPRING SALE! We will be open 7 days a week during the month of May to make it easy for you to take advantage of these TREMENDOUS SAVINGS!! JILI KUBOTA MID-RANGE DIESEL TRACTOR TEST DRIVES AND DEMONSTRATIONS! 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