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ShowerSinger
01-04-2006, 07:14 PM
This substance abuse counselor is missing, and police have sealed off her home as a crime scene.
www.tampabays10.com/news/news.aspx?storyid=23255

ShowerSinger
01-13-2006, 03:34 PM
Here's an article with more information. She seems like such a nice lady. Her family is offering a $50,000 reward. It seems this so-called boyfriend/I don't really know her contractor dude is lying about alot. Then to say she was chopping wood to relieve stress? Hope something breaks real soon.
www.sptimes.com/2006/01/10/Tampabay/Search_for_woman_turn.shtml
Something is WAY wrong here! Please, help find this loved woman.
Prayers, and answers....
You/yours will be in our thoughts.

fourboys
01-20-2006, 10:55 PM
Still no leads in Prince's disappearance

Published January 20, 2006

Nearly three weeks after she disappeared, Temple Terrace police still have no solid information on the whereabouts of 59-year-old Sandra Prince.

TEMPLE TERRACE - Three weeks into Sandra Prince's disappearance, Temple Terrace police still have no solid leads as to where the 59-year-old social worker could be. Not even after her family put up a $50,000 reward for information.

"We are so anxious just to get an inkling of what has happened," said her cousin Jim Moore, 68, in town Friday from North Carolina on his second trip since Prince vanished.

She was last spotted by a co-worker the Friday before New Year's Eve at the Agency for Community Treatment Services, a substance abuse treatment program she co-founded 30 years ago.

The following Tuesday, a concerned neighbor reported her missing from her Theresa Arbor home. Her back door was unlocked, her car was in the garage and her cell phone still inside the house. There were no signs of a struggle. It was as if she had walked out the back door and into thin air.

Moore said Prince is not the kind of person to take off on a whim.

Continued:

http://www.sptimes.com/2006/01/20/Tampabay/Still_no_leads_in_Pri.shtml

PonderingThings
01-23-2006, 07:47 PM
From this January 4th article:
http://www.tampabays10.com/news/news.aspx?storyid=24194





Temple Terrace police spokeswoman Paula MacDonald said the agency is seeking information from anyone who may have seen Prince or her car - a white 1994 Buick Park Avenue four-door with a Florida State University specialty license plate reading "SHP" - on or near the Interstate 75 corridor over the New Year's weekend. The car was parked in Prince's two-car garage on Tuesday, when police first received notice from a worried neighbor that Prince had not been seen recently.

MacDonald said it isn't clear whether Prince owns a second vehicle. Public property records were not conclusive either.

Investigators want to know, "if she did go and came back or if she ever went at all," MacDonald said. The spokeswoman said she did not know specifically where Prince may have gone or for what purpose.

AND

Police said Prince is 5-feet-6 with brown hair and brown eyes. Born in Virginia and raised in North Carolina, Prince speaks with a thick Southern accent, a colleague said.
http://www.sptimes.com/2006/01/15/Hillsborough/Woman_s_vanishing_lea.shtml
(http://www.sptimes.com/2006/01/15/Hillsborough/Woman_s_vanishing_lea.shtml)Lots of background information about her here. Lots of personal info. She was dating someone in Sumpter County (which no one met), and she recently switched from jeans and tshirts to dressing up more.... possibly dating? Was a landlord, drug councillor and enigma!


From this article, dated today:
http://www.tampabays10.com/news/news.aspx?storyid=24194
http://www.tampabays10.com/assetpool/images/061321741_Sandra_Prince.jpg


Investigators say Sandra’s home was in meticulous condition and her car was found in the garage, however, the back door of her house was open. AND

Authorities have searched for Sandra locally, as well as in Sumpter County where she owns property. As they continue to look for her, her family is offering a 50-thousand-dollar reward. Anyone with information should call Temple Terrace Police. Ok this is what I got out of the various news articles:

Name: Sandra Hamby Prince
Address: 11507 Moffat Place, Temple Terrace, Florida
Race: White
Sex: Female
Height: 5'6"
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Brown
Distinguishing Characteristics: Speaks with a thick southern accent
Possibly had driven to North Florida or Sumptner County.

Automobile in garage, handbag/purse missing.

Question: Was the door found "open" or "unlocked"



As an aside:

I found lots of sites where the multiple news stories about this missing woman were referenced.

What I find odd is that there is NO listing at the National Center for Missing Adults, even though the family has put up a $50000 reward and wants to keep the story "in the public eye".

fourboys
01-23-2006, 08:03 PM
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – MISSING ADULT

REFERENCE CASE NUMBER: 06-00030

WHO: Sandra Hamby Prince, W/F, DOB 3/24/46 11507 Moffat Place Temple Terrace, FL
WHAT: Missing Adult
WHEN: Reported Missing Tuesday, January 3, 2006 Last Seen Friday, December 30, 2005

SUMMARY: A concerned neighbor reported Ms. Prince missing on Tuesday, January 3, 2006 at 9:51 a.m. Upon arrival at the Prince residence, officers found the back door of the house unsecured. The perimeter of the residence was immediately secured by officers. Sandra Prince was last seen in the afternoon on Friday, December 30, 2005 by a coworker at her place of employment, ACTS. Investigators are following up with neighbors and friends at this time.

UPDATE (01/04/06): Preliminary information received suggested that Ms. Prince was supposed to travel to the North Florida area over the December 31 weekend. Sandra Prince’s vehicle is a 1994 Buick Park Avenue 4-door, white in color, bearing the Florida State University specialty tag “SHP”.

PLEASE CONTACT DETECTIVE DARRIN BERBERAT AT THE TEMPLE TERRACE POLICE DEPARTMENT WITH ANY INFORMATION AT (813) 989-7118, OR (813) 989-7110 (AFTER HOURS).

PHOTOS ATTACHED

[url="http://www.templeterrace.com/police/releases/Missing%20Adult%2006-00030_010405(UPDATE).pdf"]http://www.templeterrace.com/police/releas...405(UPDATE).pdf (http://www.templeterrace.com/police/releases/Missing%20Adult%2006-00030_010405(UPDATE).pdf)

PonderingThings
01-23-2006, 08:08 PM
The door was found "unsecured" as in unlocked, but not open.

Thanks Fourboys!

petra
01-28-2006, 06:49 PM
Anything??? Thinking of Sandra and family.

fourboys
02-01-2006, 07:44 PM
February 1, 2006

Police have released images captured at area banks showing a man accessing Sandra Prince's account.
Investigators have released video of a man they say has withdrawn money from Sandra Prince's bank accounts several times since she went missing Dec. 30.

Video images captured at ATM machines in Tampa and Temple Terrace show a white male in a mask leaning from the driver's side window of a car to withdraw cash from Prince's accounts.

Temple Terrace police describe the man as having a large, stocky build, dark hair on his arms wearing no visible rings, jewelry or tattoos.

Prince, 59, was last seen Dec. 30 at the Agency for Community Treatment Services, Inc., where she'd worked about 30 years as a social worker.

The video clips indicate the man was driving a mid-sized, light-colored, 4-door American-made vehicle. In a color video, he held a green cap or cover of some kind to his face. He might also have been wearing a neck brace or collar that moves stiffly behind him, according to some of the black and white still photos police obtained.

The new images, accessible online at, are the first major break in Prince's disappearance.

"It's certainly interesting that this person has obviously been able to access her card and her accounts," Temple Terrace Police spokeswoman Paula MacDonald said.

Continued
Images at link:

http://www.sptimes.com/2006/02/01/Tampabay/Police__Man_used_miss.shtml

Beyond Belief
02-01-2006, 10:18 PM
I was wondering what that dark area was behind him or in the passenger seat.

I did some photos on it.


http://photobucket.com/albums/d179/Kafthy/?action=view&current=bankphoto.jpg

http://photobucket.com/albums/d179/Kafthy/?action=view&current=bankphoto1.jpg

http://photobucket.com/albums/d179/Kafthy/?action=view&current=bankphoto2.jpg

http://photobucket.com/albums/d179/Kafthy/?action=view&current=bankphoto4.jpg

Bobbisangel
02-01-2006, 10:21 PM
I wonder if that is the man she had been seeing? It will be hard to figure out who the man is at the bank. Without a picture of his face how will they ever be able to tell? Wonder how much money she had in the bank and how much he got altogether.

This guy must have made her give him the pin number to her card. It's doubtful that she is still alive. If her car was still at home and there was no sign of a struggle then someone must have held a gun on her to get her to leave with him or she knew the guy well enough to leave with him maybe thinking they were going out to dinner or somewhere.

I hope they catch that guy. It must have been all about money.

Beyond Belief
02-01-2006, 10:26 PM
i think theres a dog in that car with him.

petra
02-02-2006, 01:38 AM
http://www.templeterrace.com/police/case06_00030.htm

NEWS FROM TEMPLE TERRACE POLICE DEPARTMENT

video and stills (7) of ATM user

PrayersForMaura
02-02-2006, 07:58 PM
Missing woman's family makes a plea for your help
Temple Terrace, Florida - The video, as disturbing as it is for the family, is one of the best leads police have right now.

Jim Moore, Sandra's cousin:
"It was chilling, to see that and frightening."

Detectives say the video was captured with the first two weeks of January and shows a man wearing a mask using Sandra Prince's ATM card.
The man tried this at two different banks. police are hoping someone knows who this is.

More: http://www.tampabays10.com/news/news.aspx?storyid=24859

Beyond Belief
02-05-2006, 08:08 PM
Bumping For Sandra

docwho3
02-05-2006, 09:54 PM
Missing woman's family makes a plea for your help
Temple Terrace, Florida - The video, as disturbing as it is for the family, is one of the best leads police have right now.

Jim Moore, Sandra's cousin:
"It was chilling, to see that and frightening."

Detectives say the video was captured with the first two weeks of January and shows a man wearing a mask using Sandra Prince's ATM card.
The man tried this at two different banks. police are hoping someone knows who this is.

More: http://www.tampabays10.com/news/news.aspx?storyid=2485

Wow, I hope they get better video installed after this. I have seen better quality webcam video. Whats the point of having video if the quality is so poor as to make it useless, or nearly useless.

SewingDeb
02-05-2006, 10:11 PM
That's what I've often wondered.

Beyond Belief
02-13-2006, 01:13 AM
Worked on that photo. Look to ur right, you see two sets of legs. I think thats who is on the left in the photo. Maybe two buddies with this guy.

http://photobucket.com/albums/d179/Kafthy/?action=view&current=princebank.jpg

I think he has blue eyes, light hair.

fourboys
03-25-2006, 08:37 AM
Published March 25, 2006

http://www.sptimes.com/2006/03/25/Hillsborough/Hope_kept_alive_for_m.shtml

crypto6
03-25-2006, 10:44 AM
Worked on that photo. Look to ur right, you see two sets of legs. I think thats who is on the left in the photo. Maybe two buddies with this guy.

http://photobucket.com/albums/d179/Kafthy/?action=view&current=princebank.jpg

I think he has blue eyes, light hair.

Nice work. Can you do anything with the steering wheel shape/possible emblem, the headrest, or the B pillar? we might be able to grok what kind of car he's in. We know he's right handed which doesn' help us much, and has a goodly paurnch. I wonder why he tried to access one of the ATms on foot and whether was it before or after the vehicle access. He obvoiusly has her PIN, so they should leave money in her account to get more pictures, hopefully at abank with better cameras; my cheap webcam looks better than thoase pix.

Beyond Belief
03-25-2006, 11:33 AM
I have to leave for most of the day, but will work on these tonight. I was coloring on it this morning, it looks like a reflection image on the door panel behind the driver. Just small and barely visable.

http://photobucket.com/albums/d179/Kafthy/?action=view&current=imageondoorpanel.jpg

Between the arm on the steering wheel and the masked face, an image showed up. Probably have to blow it up.
http://photobucket.com/albums/d179/Kafthy/?action=view&current=imageincar.jpg

this ones a little better.
http://photobucket.com/albums/d179/Kafthy/?action=view&current=imagincarrr.jpg

Beyond Belief
03-26-2006, 09:52 AM
Another one: Image on passenger side window of woman and man. mans' image on door panel drivers side. also mans image on front. window. you'll have to enlarge i am sure.



http://photobucket.com/albums/d179/Kafthy/?action=view&current=princeimages.jpg

Beyond Belief
03-30-2006, 09:18 PM
Bumping

fourboys
03-31-2006, 03:47 PM
Composite made of man who used missing woman's ATM card

Posted: March 31, 2006

http://www.tampabays10.com/assetpool/images/06331152150_temple-terrace.jpg

Temple Terrace, Florida -- Detectives have received new information regarding the masked individual seen on surveillance video using a missing Temple Terrace woman's ATM card.

<snip>

Now a witness has come forward who is believed to have seen the person in the ATM surveillance footage, unmasked. From this witness description, a composite has been made.

The suspect is described as a white male in his mid 30's to early 40's. He is approximately 5'11" tall, weighing 215 to 245 pounds. His hair is dark brown, and he was clean shaven. He was last seen wearing a white shirt and blue jeans.

http://www.tampabays10.com/news/news.aspx?storyid=28047

Beyond Belief
03-31-2006, 04:01 PM
Thank you, Fourboys! I have been praying for a break in Sandra's case.

Beyond Belief
04-02-2006, 08:01 PM
I sent the link with the composite to Greta at Fox. Maybe they can flash this guys face all over the USA. It would be nice to get him off the streets.

Bobbisangel
04-03-2006, 01:27 AM
I sent the link with the composite to Greta at Fox. Maybe they can flash this guys face all over the USA. It would be nice to get him off the streets.


That was a great idea. I hope Greta will take a few minutes to do that. Someone should recognize him. That guy looks kind of young for Sandra. Maybe he is a son or relative of the guy she was seeing. Someone obviously thought she had a lot of money or at least some money. I hope they catch the son of a gun and anyone else that is involved. I hope they are just holding Sandra somewhere and that she is alright.

Beyond Belief
05-01-2006, 02:41 AM
Bumping For Sandra

Beyond Belief
08-18-2006, 12:32 PM
bumping

Beyond Belief
09-13-2006, 09:10 PM
TAMPA - Investigators have named a person of interest in the case of Sandra Prince, the Temple Terrace woman who vanished late last year.

Earl Pippin, Prince’s longtime boyfriend, has been identified by police as the person of interest.

Co-workers at the Agency on Community Treatment Services in Tampa, which Prince helped found in 1978, remembered last seeing her Dec. 30. She told them she was headed to Sumter County, where she has a home.

Police went to Prince’s home on Moffat Place and found the back door unlocked. Nothing was missing from inside but her purse, police reported.

Her car was in the garage. http://www.tboblogs.com/index.php/newswire/comments/person_of_interest_in_prince_case/

Bobbisangel
09-14-2006, 02:31 AM
I wonder how they finally tracked him down? No one seemed to know who the boyfriend was last we heard. It's funny that they would just now name him a person of interest. Did it take all of this time to track him down? He was a person of interest in my book when she went missing. Now lets hope they can find some evidence if they haven't already. I hope that he will tell LE what he did with her body. Such a shame that this happened to a woman who was giving her life to helping others. Seems like that is always the way it is though. You rarely hear of the evil people in this world being killed by anyone.

ShowerSinger
09-14-2006, 08:20 PM
Beyond Belief,
God bless you for keeping this story alive. Really, it's been oh so quiet. Thanks, again. The boyfriend is looking real good for this one. As, usual. :(
I pray they find her body, to give the fam a chance for a proper burial.
May the killer get death row.

Beyond Belief
09-15-2006, 01:45 PM
I hope they get to the bottom of this soon

Beyond Belief
09-24-2006, 08:50 AM
Missing woman's boyfriend: "Person of interest"

http://www.wtsp.com/news/local/article.aspx?storyid=39467 (http://www.wtsp.com/inside/team/member.aspx?storyid=27614)
Temple Temple, Florida - Terrace Police now have a “person of interest” in the disappearance of 60-year-old Sandra Prince, who was last seen December 30, 2005.

He's Earl Pippin, a contractor now living near Lake Panasofkee in Sumter County.

Pippin is 53-years-old, police say he is the sole beneficiary of Prince's estate, and had been Prince's boyfriend for the past five years. Police say he is married but his wife has filed for divorce.

There is also more news about a key clue: an ATM video released in January.

It shows a man wearing a mask, withdrawing money from Sandra Prince's bank account.

Police now confirm, the man was also driving Sandra Prince's car, then brought back to her Temple Terrace home.

Michael Dunn, City of Temple Terrace Spokesman: “That the vehicle was brought back to the house, and dropped off leads investigators to believe that it was someone who knew her.”Police looked the car after Prince was reported missing, they found Prince's blood in the trunk.

Michael Dunn: “It was a sufficient enough amount to indicate foul play. It remains a missing persons case at this point, but we're starting to see evidence that it is something more than that.”The social worker's friends, neighbors, and colleagues who held vigils eight months ago, praying for her return were not talking about the new developments in the case.

Privately, one friend told 10 News, Prince was somewhat secretive about relationship with her boyfriend, person of interest Earl Pippin.

The two owned properties together, and police say the two were a couple for five years, even though Pippin was married to another woman.

Police say Pippin was originally co-operating with detectives after the disappearance.

Michael Dunn, City of Temple Terrace Spokesman: “Recently, he stopped talking. And has not been returning calls, he retained a lawyer. And he has not talked to us since then.”Police say Pippen has retained a lawyer but they have no idea who. A man answering Pippen's business phone identified himself as an employee and said the company has no comment. All 10 News' attempts to contact Pippen and his wife were unanswered. An $80,000 reward is being offered for information leading to Sandra Prince's whereabouts

Bobbisangel
09-25-2006, 04:05 AM
Well for pity sake. No wonder no one knew anything about the boyfriend...he was married. I wonder why in the world Sandra bought property with that guy when he was married. She must not have had any expectations of him as 5 years is a long time to be strung along by a guy.

So this guy would get everything that she owned if she were to die huh? That is what it sounds like. I guess he knew which side his bread was buttered on.

I hope that they can get the evidence to put this guy away. He probably wore gloves while driving her car as he was smart enough to wear a mask at the ATM. Heck, she is probably buried out on their property somewhere. Wonder if he had poured any patios or anything like that right around the time she went missing.

Beyond Belief
10-08-2006, 09:02 PM
I would like to see some photos of him. Theres not way he could hide that walk and size of his arms in those bank photos.

I wonder if he was trying to make it look like one of residents/patience did this to her?

Beyond Belief
12-31-2006, 09:46 PM
bumping for Sandra....this is hard to believe they haven't solved this case.

monkalup
01-16-2007, 02:22 AM
Is there any further word on this case? Seems like with so much info, so many clues that something would be happening...sigh

Beyond Belief
01-16-2007, 08:00 AM
I can't believe they didn't pick up some fingerprints from her car.

mistivon
01-16-2007, 09:01 AM
LAKE PANASOFFKEE - When his girlfriend of five years disappeared a year ago, Earl C. Pippin III chopped wood to ease his anxiety. A year later, he won't talk about it - not even to say who his lawyer is.

Sandra Hamby Prince, a successful Tampa social worker and co-founder of a well-known drug treatment program, vanished around New Year's Eve 2005.

Police found the back door of her Temple Terrace home unlocked, her purse missing and her blood inside the trunk of her car.

Her cell phone, almost always on her hip, lay on a kitchen counter, ringing intermittently as neighbors and friends called, wondering where she'd gone.

No college student partying in Aruba or run-away bride, Prince didn't fit the bill for a high profile missing person. Neither blond nor bubbly, she was graying and, friends say, had a calm, cautious sophistication.

She was approaching 60. She had no children or spouse to plead her case. Her nearest relative was her mother, now 91, in North Carolina.

Though Dovey Hamby offers an $80,000 reward for information leading to her daughter's whereabouts, one thing keeps getting in detectives' way:

Prince was a master at maintaining her privacy.

Even neighbors who worried something was wrong the weekend she vanished second-guessed their instincts, concerned they might be prying.

It isn't that Prince didn't have friends. Some went back 30 years. And she developed an uncommon intimacy with people she paid to help improve her life: her esthetician, her massage therapist, her feng shui consultant, the ladies at her favorite boutique and her gardener.

But on Sept. 13 police publicly confirmed what only two or three of Prince's friends knew when she disappeared: A man named Earl was her sweetheart. He was married. And he was the sole beneficiary of her estate.

Earl Pippin, 53, is someone Temple Terrace police now describe as a "person of interest."

http://www.sptimes.com/2007/01/04/Tampabay/The_search_for_Sandra.shtml

monkalup
01-16-2007, 10:32 AM
http://z13.invisionfree.com/PorchlightUSA/index.php?showtopic=4513&st=0&

I added Sandra's case here and here

http://z10.invisionfree.com/usedtobedoe/index.php?act=idx

Praying for some answers...

petra
01-21-2007, 08:05 PM
Bumping for Sandra Prince.

Such a kind and giving soul.

Hard to believe it has been over a year now.

Prayers for her loved ones and co-workers. Hoping for some answers soon.

Beyond Belief
03-14-2007, 10:14 PM
Bumping for Sandra.

Bobbisangel
03-15-2007, 12:17 AM
No arrest yet? Blood in the trunk of her car...he got everything that she had which to me is motive enough for murder.

I wonder if LE has taken any dogs out to the property that they bought together? They should be able to get a search warrent but maybe they wouldn't even need one because it was her property too.

Her poor old mama....in her 90's and having to deal with something like this. She is the one that has put up the reward. I hope she could afford to do that and didn't put up her home or something. Poor little thing.

Beyond Belief
03-15-2007, 12:19 AM
I can't believe nothing has surfaced fromthis case.

Beyond Belief
03-15-2007, 10:14 PM
wELL, i AM back looking at these photos again. This case drives me crazy. The one still they have still #7.

http://www.templeterrace.com/police/case06_00030.htm

The writting on the shirt, I thought said Shark or something, but working on it looks/something like Jay B Starkey Wilderness which is a park abt 32 miles from Temple Terrace. I am also thinking because of the raised collar that he has a vest on. One of those thermal things that the collar sticks up.

Cardinal
03-26-2007, 03:40 PM
Beyond Belief, you mentioned the raised collar. You might want to look at the final frames of the black and white clip, where the collar is shown from behind as the perp drives away. If you adjust brightness and contrast, you may find that there is a logo on the underside of the collar. The underside would, of course, be the top side of a sunvisor worn the right side up. Please let us know what you find.

Cardinal
03-28-2007, 09:34 PM
Missing woman's mom dies
Sandra Prince's mother, 92, still believed a detective could solve her daughter's case.
St. Petersburg Times
Published March 17, 2007

The 92-year-old mother lived 673 miles away. But Dovie Hamby never gave up on the search for her daughter, Tampa social worker Sandra Prince.

About every two months since Prince's disappearance, Hamby travelled from Boone, N.C., to Temple Terrace. Each time, she insisted on speaking privately with a detective, not even allowing the niece who drove her down to see her anxiety.

Hamby was a true Southern belle, formal and reserved, hiding her vulnerability with a keen wit, sharp mind and impeccable clothing and jewelry.

But Hamby died last week after she fell in her garage. Boone police found her March 9, lying in the cold with broken bones. She was still alive, but with a very low body temperature.

Hamby was hospitalized, and died Sunday, never knowing what has become of her only child.

* * *

Hamby grew concerned in late December 2005 when she didn't get her weekly Wednesday telephone call from her daughter.

On Jan. 3, police found the back door of Prince's Temple Terrace home unlocked, her purse missing and blood inside the trunk of her car. Her cell phone, almost always on her hip, lay on the kitchen counter.

Police released their strongest clue the following month: video footage of a man with his face deliberately hidden, withdrawing money from Prince's accounts at local ATMs after her disappearance.

They named her boyfriend of five years, Earl C. Pippin, a "person of interest" in September, and said he was the sole beneficiary of her estate.

Police have released little more in the past half year. But Hamby had the utmost faith that Temple Terrace police Detective Michael Pridemore would get her the answers.

* * *

Pridemore was home with his family Sunday when he got the call that Hamby had died. It stung.

"I just felt it was my responsibility to bring her closure," Pridemore said.

John Marrocco, who worked with Prince for 30 years, said he was shocked when he heard Prince's mother had died. Though she was in her 90s, Hamby looked anything but weak.

"The last time I'd seen her, it looked like she'd last forever," he said.

Together, Marrocco and Prince founded the Agency for Community Treatment Services, which assisted people with drug and alcohol addiction.

Marrocco recalled Hamby's yearly visits to Florida, lunching with mother and daughter at the Colonnade Restaurant in South Tampa.

In the 1970s, Hamby used to tease her daughter about the torn jeans and tattered Florida State University baseball cap Prince wore to work at the Salvation Army. He said Prince once gave in to her mother's nagging and sent the jeans to Hamby for repairs. Her mother threw them away.

"They used to fight like daughter and mother," Marrocco said. "But I know she loved her very much."

* * *

Helpless after her daughter's disappearance, the mother did what she could. She offered $80,000 to anyone who could find Prince.

And she paid someone to maintain her daughter's newly-remodeled home and gardens.

"She said she wanted to keep everything exactly how Sandra left it so it would be nice when she returned," said Prince's friend Susan Horton.

Hamby will be laid to rest on her daughter's birthday. But her mission will live on.

The handyman said he will continue to toil at the residence, blowing leaves from the roof, straightening the yard, maintaining the pool.

And the detective who once worked to give a grieving mother answers said Hamby's death has only strengthened his resolve to solve this case.

Said Pridemore: "I don't know if it could get any stronger."

Beyond Belief
03-28-2007, 09:55 PM
May the sweet lady meet her child in heaven. At least now she will know the truth.

Cardinal
03-28-2007, 09:58 PM
BeyondBelief, just to clarify my earlier post, my opinion from looking at the video is that there IS a logo on the collar.

Bobbisangel
03-29-2007, 02:10 AM
That poor mama laying on the garage floor with broken bones, freezing, and unable to get any help. I wonder how the police happened to find her. It is heartbreaking when a mother dies before they know what happened to their daughter. Sandra was her only child.

If everything of Sandra's was left to that boyfriend that probably killed her how come he didn't get her home? I wonder if he is a suspect and if so would he even be able to get anything that she left to him?

I hope her killer does gets caught and sent to prison. I'll bet that detective doubles his efforts to find him.

LionRun
03-29-2007, 02:18 AM
This is heartbreaking. I have few words to say except that I feel so very sad for Dovie and for Sandra, and I hope and pray that Justice comes to light very soon.

Lion

Beyond Belief
07-04-2007, 07:42 PM
Bumping for Sandra. :mad: :furious:

hoppyfrog
09-28-2007, 10:26 AM
http://www.tbo.com/news/metro/MGBS14C917F.html

Doing their due diligence to solve cases is customary among those who have chosen police detective work as a profession.
Temple Terrace Detectives Michael Pridemore and Darrin Berberat thought they were doing just that in their search for missing Temple Terrace woman Sandra Prince, who has not been seen by neighbors since Dec. 30, 2005.

In the course of nearly two years, the detectives also developed a close association with Prince's mother, Dovie Moore Hamby of Boone, N.C., as they've tried to gather information to solve the mystery of her only child's whereabouts.
It was Pridemore's goal to find Prince before her mother's death. Instead, he attended Hamby's funeral after she died March 11 at the age of 92.

Little did either detective know how much she appreciated their attentiveness to the case until last week, when they learned Hamby amended her will to make the Temple Terrace Police Department the beneficiary of property valued at more than $500,000. Her decision was based on her belief that her daughter would be found dead.

"It was totally unexpected and the first time I've seen anything like this in my 38 years in law enforcement," Police Chief Tony Velong said. "I'm proud of the officers' work ethic and the relationship they developed with her mother. That's pretty typical of all the people in our department."

more at link

hoppyfrog
10-18-2007, 08:48 AM
http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/myfox/pages/News/Detail?contentId=4665607&version=8&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=TSTY&pageId=3.2.1

Wednesday, 17 Oct 2007

FOX 13 News has learned Temple Terrace Police are serving a search warrant in connection with a missing woman.

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Taximom
10-18-2007, 08:52 AM
Wow, I hope they are on the right track. It's too bad they couldn't find answers for her mom before she died.

Thanks for the updates, hoppyfrog.

Beyond Belief
10-18-2007, 09:55 PM
This is good news!

hoppyfrog
10-20-2007, 09:04 PM
http://www.tbo.com/news/metro/MGB84LJJZ7F.html

Oct 20, 2007

A forensics team seeking clues to a woman's disappearance will continue digging in the yard of a South Tampa home this morning.

Temple Terrace police spokesman Mike Dunn said he is not certain how long the excavation will continue.

"We're taking it day by day at this point," Dunn said.

Investigators began excavating the backyard of a house at 3908 W. Vasconia St. on Wednesday after Temple Terrace police obtained a search warrant in connection with the disappearance of Sandra Hamby Prince.

Prince, of Temple Terrace, was 59 when she was reported missing Jan. 3, 2006.

hoppyfrog
10-23-2007, 11:39 AM
http://www.sptimes.com/2007/10/23/Hillsborough/Dig_ends_in_search_fo.shtml

October 23, 2007

After five days of burrowing under a South Tampa home for evidence of a missing woman, Temple Terrace police ended their search Monday.

Investigators pulled about 295 pounds of soil from beneath 3908 W Vasconia St. since Oct. 17, when they secured a search warrant to collect evidence there in connection with the disappearance of Sandra Hamby Prince.

and

Archeologists from the University of South Florida will test the soil collected in 59 tubes, each 5 feet in length, over at least the next 30 days, Temple Terrace police spokesman Mike Dunn said. Each tube weighs roughly 5 pounds.

Detectives did not locate any evidence obvious to the naked eye, Dunn said. But they aren't ruling anything out until the soil tests are completed and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement processes evidence as well.

"I don't think anyone really knew what to expect," Dunn said. "The hope was that we would find something. And we don't know yet whether we have or not."

and

When police first responded to her house almost two years ago, they found her blood in the trunk of her car, her cell phone on the counter and her door unlocked.

Nine months into their investigation, investigators named Tampa contractor Earl Pippin III a "person of interest" in Prince's disappearance. Pippin and Prince dated for five years while he was married, police said, and Prince named Pippin the sole beneficiary to her estate.

Though police haven't said why they are searching that location, records show Pippin built the house. An inspector signed off on a newly laid concrete slab there days after Prince vanished.

and

Police said the dig was the result of a culmination of 142 tips. There is an $80,000 reward for information leading to Prince's whereabouts. Anyone with information about Prince is asked to call Detective Michael Pridemore at 813 989-7110.

more at link

hoppyfrog
10-28-2007, 10:07 PM
http://www.tampabays10.com/news/local/article.aspx?storyid=66235

Documents released Thursday about the disappearance of 61-year-old Sandra Prince are painting a more deceitful picture about the man at the center of the investigation, her former boyfriend Earl Pippin III.

Court records show Pippin lied to investigators and evidence at Prince's Temple Terrace home paint the picture of a possible violent murder scene.

A couple of months after Prince's disappearance, Temple Terrace police brought in the FBI. Federal officials reviewed all of the information in the case and they concluded Prince was murdered inside her home sometime after December 28th 2005. The FBI also concluded Prince was likely murdered by someone close to her and that the murder was not premeditated.

more at link

hoppyfrog
10-28-2007, 10:10 PM
http://www.sptimes.com/2007/10/26/Hillsborough/Painting_may_hold_clu.shtml

The $6,000 painting still hangs in Sandra Prince's now-vacant house. In the portrait, the missing social worker stands in her garden with a man and his dog.

Prince once told the artist she was fond of the man.

"Sadly," she said, according to a court document, "he is married with children and nothing would ever come of it."

Temple Terrace police wonder if the painting made another man jealous enough to bury her under a house.

and

Investigators hypothesize that Pippin may have experienced a "narcissistic injury" -- a wounding of his self-esteem -- over the painting, according to a search warrant that allowed investigators to dig beneath a South Tampa house last week.

The man pictured in the painting was not Pippin, but Prince's gardener, David Jarrett, 47, the records say.

much, much more at link

also contains info from the search warrant and a timeline of the case

hoppyfrog
10-31-2007, 11:23 AM
http://www.sptimes.com/2007/10/31/Hillsborough/With_boss_still_missi.shtml

October 31, 2007

He still tidies her yard, waters her ginger plants, removes the leaves from her gutters. These deeds bring him no joy anymore, but he trusts no one else to do them.

Inside her empty house hangs a painting immortalizing a friendship that began just this way, with him caring for her property.

David Jarrett remembers the day Sandra Prince asked him to be in the portrait, now a subject of great interest for police: "You're as much a part of the garden as the flowers themselves," she told him.

Gardener Jarrett spoke in detail for the first time Tuesday about his relationship with the social worker who disappeared near New Year's Day 2006 at age 59.

much, much more at link, including a photo of the the painting

Amberjack
11-02-2007, 08:13 AM
P.O.I. Earl Pippin:

When police in September 2006 named Pippin a "person of interest" in Prince's disappearance, they saw several oddities, according to the search warrant.

On Jan. 3, 2006, Jarrett, Prince's neighbor Nancy Sackville and Pippin were all at Prince's house when they decided to call police about their missing friend, according to court documents.

Pippin, married for 20 years at the time, left the house before police arrived, records show.

Pippin, a Tampa contractor, told Jarrett he needed to take his son to a doctor's appointment, according to court records. He told police he went to ACTS, the Temple Terrace drug treatment center Prince helped found, to see if one of her co-workers, Richard Brown, knew where she was.

In a police interview four months later, Pippin said, "I went to, to, to her office, talked to Richard." Next, he said, he went to a job site at either San Pedro Street or Pearl Avenue, both in South Tampa.

Construction at both of those sites had been completed by then, according to records cited by police. Pippin did not mention, however, his job site at 3908 W Vasconia St., also in South Tampa, where a concrete slab was poured in January.

After Pippin left Prince's house, his cell phone hit off towers near Interstate 275 and Rome Avenue, then at Lee Roy Selmon Crosstown Expressway and Himes Avenue, indicating he was traveling toward South Tampa, police wrote. Cell phone records show that Pippin called ACTS twice during this time, once for 47 seconds and once for just over two minutes, police said.

Police this week concluded five days of digging beneath 3908 W Vasconia St. in a search for Prince's remains. Now, University of South Florida archaeologists are sorting through 295 pounds of dirt seeking any evidence of Prince.

Other findings released in the Vasconia Street search warrant:

-When shown surveillance video of a man taking $800 in four withdrawals from Prince's ATM accounts, Pippin told police the man looked like him. "Do you wear that?" a police interrogator asked him, referring to the mask over the subject's head. According to police, Pippin responded with, "What am I wearing?"

-Prince's blood was found on her garage floor, around and in the trunk of her car, and on the overhead garage door. Investigators found evidence that her bedroom floor had been cleaned, as had the garage door.

-On Nov. 17, 2006, police found a glass vase with a yellow ribbon on it at the Vasconia Street house. Inside the vase was a plant called the ti plant. Also called the "good luck" plant, it is abundant in Prince's garden. A fingerprint on the vase belonged to Pippin.

hoppyfrog
11-04-2007, 07:16 PM
http://www.sptimes.com/2007/11/02/Hillsborough/Missing_woman_s_garde.shtml

Nov 2, 2007

David Jarrett has been dismissed from his duties gardening for Sandra Prince.

Jarrett, Prince's gardener for years before she disappeared around New Year's Day 2006 at age 59, received a letter Wednesday stating that his services were no longer needed.

Douglas B. Stalley, conservator for Prince's estate, dated and postmarked the letter Oct. 30 - a day before the St. Petersburg Times published the first in-depth interview with Jarrett since Prince vanished.

more at link

Rle7
01-10-2008, 04:04 PM
Temple Terrace police have obtained a second search warrant for a South Tampa home built by the boyfriend of Sandra Hamby Prince.

Prince, a social worker, was reported missing in January 2006.

Detectives are on scene looking for evidence, including Prince's body, and police expect digging will be necessary at the home at 3908 W. Vasconia St., police spokesman Mike Dunn said.

"They're doing some work inside the house," Dunn said about 11 a.m.
The search warrant, obtained Wednesday afternoon, covers the entire property, Dunn said.

http://southtampa2.tbo.com/content/2008/jan/10/search-woman-resumes-home-boyfriend-built/?news

Beyond Belief
01-12-2008, 12:12 PM
blished: January 12, 2008
TAMPA - For the second day in a row and the second time in three months, Temple Terrace police searched a South Tampa home Friday for evidence in the disappearance of a social worker.
Sandra Hamby Prince was 59 when she was reported missing in January 2006. Blood found in the trunk of her car and in the bedroom of her Temple Terrace home has led police to think she was killed, according to an initial search warrant filed last year.
On Friday, a crime scene unit from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and homicide detectives from the Tampa Police Department joined Temple Terrace investigators inside a Tampa house at 3908 W. Vasconia St., where Temple Terrace police excavated the backyard in October.
Temple Terrace police spokesman Mike Dunn said results from the October search gave police probable cause to obtain another search warrant for the property Wednesday.
The house was being built by Prince's boyfriend, Earl Pippin III, at the time she disappeared. Pippin, a general contractor who was married when he had a relationship with Prince, is the sole beneficiary of her $3.6 million estate, police said.
His attorney, Paul Sisco, has said there is no evidence linking Pippin to Prince's disappearance.
Dunn said detectives are "searching for any kind of evidence they can locate, inside and outside."
He did not know how long the search would last. Investigators intended to resume the search today http://www2.tbo.com/content/2008/jan/12/me-search-for-traces-of-woman-carries-into-weekend/?news-breaking

Rle7
01-23-2008, 06:28 PM
Temple Terrace police have wrapped up their search of a south Tampa home for the remains of Sandra Prince without finding her.

Detectives dug under the concrete foundation for several days at the house on West Vasconia Street.

http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/myfox/pages/News/Detail?contentId=5566093&version=1&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=TSTY&pageId=3.2.1

MeoW333
01-25-2008, 04:53 AM
This Pippin sounds guilty as all h#ll!! I could see an extremely possessive individual misconstruing a painting and journals, Sandra had with her good friend and gardener.

stealthy
01-29-2008, 08:53 PM
http://northeast2.tbo.com/content/2008/jan/24/temple-terrace-fix-home-searched-prince-case/


Prince was reported missing in January 2006. At the time of her disappearance, the home at 3908 W. Vasconia Street was being built by contractor Earl Pippin III, Prince's boyfriend, and police have focused on him since the start of the investigation. A concrete slab was poured for the home when Prince disappeared.

In October and again this month, investigators dug for Prince's remains at McLeod's South Tampa property. Remains weren't found in the search that began Jan. 10 and stopped Tuesday, but new investigative leads were developed during the execution of the search warrant and are being pursued by detectives, police spokesman Michael Dunn said. He wouldn't elaborate.


A lot more at the link, talking about the police fixing the house after the dig, the dig stigmatizing the property, etc.

MaryLiz
08-08-2008, 09:55 AM
THE STORY OF 4 HOMES IN THE SANDRA PRINCE MYSTERY IN TEMPLE TERRACE

TAMPA — As the Sandra Prince Samaritan Home was dedicated, the missing Temple Terrace woman’s Moffat Place home escaped foreclosure last week as the Temple Terrace Police Department still continues an active homicide investigation two and a half years after she was last seen.

http://cnewspubs.com/beacon/modules/articles/article.php?id=223

gaia227
06-12-2009, 02:15 PM
Bumping for Sandra - here is her Charlie Project link:

http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/p/prince_sandra.html

Sleuthster
01-03-2011, 01:14 PM
http://www.wtsp.com/news/mostpop/story.aspx?storyid=165956&provider=top

Venice, Florida -- Five years ago Monday, Sandra Prince, a social worker from Temple Terrace, was reported missing from her home.
What happened to the 59-year-old and where she may be remains a mystery.
About a dozen of her closest friends, going back to their days at Florida State University in the 1970's, gathered a home in Venice on Sunday.
"Just talking about her, reminiscing about old times, and just never giving up hope," said one of her friends, Susan Horton.
Investigators believe Prince was murdered, but her body hasn't been found and no one has been arrested.
At this point, friends just want answers.
"I don't believe that she's alive. I really don't. I think her life was taken at that time," said longtime friend Jerry Horton.
Prince's boyfriend, Earl Pippin, has long been labeled as a person of interest by Temple Terrace police.
In 2007, detectives searched a South Tampa home they say he built around the same time she vanished.
"That was the last tangible evidence where hope was really very bright," Susan Horton said.
Five years later, friends continue to seek the one clue that could put the puzzle together.
"We believe that someone knows something," Susan said.
Pippin did not respond to attempts to reach him.
Friends of Prince say they've talked with Temple Terrace police in the last few days, who tell them the case is still open and actively being worked on.

summer_breeze
01-09-2013, 03:04 PM
http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/temple-terrace-police-to-make-major-announcement-on-sandra-prince-case/1269687

By Jessica Vander Velde, Times Staff Writer
Posted: Jan 09, 2013 02:47 PM

TEMPLE TERRACE — Temple Terrace police say they will make a "major announcement" Thursday about the case of Sandra Prince, who went missing five years ago.

summer_breeze
01-10-2013, 02:30 PM
http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/state/sandra-prince-100000-reward-offered-in-cold-case-of-missing-temple-terrace-woman

Posted: 2:21 PM
Last Updated: 7 minutes ago
By: Kristal Roberts, Ryan Raiche abcactionnews.com

TEMPLE TERRACE, Fla. - The case of Sandra Prince, a Temple Terrace woman who went missing seven years ago, has been re-launched as a murder investigation with a $100,000 reward for information leading to her murderer.

summer_breeze
01-31-2013, 09:18 AM
http://www.dailycommercial.com/News/LakeCounty/30jan2013murder

Published: Thursday, January 31, 2013
LAKE PANASOFFKEE
MILLARD K. IVES | Staff Writer

A Sumter County father and son who are considered persons of interest in a 2006 disappearance-turned-murder of a Temple Terrace millionaire are refusing to talk, according to authorities.

Chuz Life
09-30-2013, 04:45 AM
Are there any Sleuthers from the Tampa area who would be interested in working on this case?

According to Real Estate Documents, it looks like one of the rental properties that Mrs. Prince owned was on "8111 Greenwood Ave." about 5 minutes Southwest of her home.

There is no mention of any of her rental units or the VERY nearby rivers being searched.

Indeed, the home on greenwood Ave (in recent google map images) is all boarded up and if you follow Greenwood Ave past the house.... it dead ends in a heavy wooded place in a fork of the Hillsborough river.

It would be worth the rewards and the satisfaction of solving this case - to put some boots on the ground in that area.

Chuz Life
09-30-2013, 04:52 PM
I sent an email to the local PD to ask them about the rental property and the location near a wooded area.

The person who received my email has my contact information and they said that they will forward my questions and findings to the appropriate officers. I'll let everyone know what they say.

Thanks.

Chuz Life
10-01-2013, 01:14 PM
Are there any Sleuthers from the Tampa area who would be interested in working on this case?

According to Real Estate Documents, it looks like one of the rental properties that Mrs. Prince owned was on "8111 Greenwood Ave." about 5 minutes Southwest of her home.

There is no mention of any of her rental units or the VERY nearby rivers being searched.

Indeed, the home on greenwood Ave (in recent google map images) is all boarded up and if you follow Greenwood Ave past the house.... it dead ends in a heavy wooded place in a fork of the Hillsborough river.

It would be worth the rewards and the satisfaction of solving this case - to put some boots on the ground in that area.

I received a reply from the Temple Terrace PD - reference my tip.

"Temple Terrace Police Department 11:05am Oct 1

I was told from Sgt. Lowell to pass on our thanks and that the lead you gave has already been investigated."

I appreciate their efforts to find this poor woman. There are so many unanswered questions, I'm finding it hard to trust that those who are investigating these cases are not missing anything. NOT that they are missing anything. I'm only sharing some frustration.

Sleuthster
12-23-2013, 01:40 PM
Are there any Sleuthers from the Tampa area who would be interested in working on this case?

According to Real Estate Documents, it looks like one of the rental properties that Mrs. Prince owned was on "8111 Greenwood Ave." about 5 minutes Southwest of her home.

There is no mention of any of her rental units or the VERY nearby rivers being searched.

Indeed, the home on greenwood Ave (in recent google map images) is all boarded up and if you follow Greenwood Ave past the house.... it dead ends in a heavy wooded place in a fork of the Hillsborough river.

It would be worth the rewards and the satisfaction of solving this case - to put some boots on the ground in that area.

https://www.google.com/maps/preview#!q=8111+Greenwood+Ave%2C+Tampa%2C+FL&data=!1m4!1m3!1d11704!2d-82.4212449!3d28.0167651!4m12!2m11!1m10!1s0x88c2c64 3d30e52b3%3A0xa2f46e9cafc7924!3m8!1m3!1d3617386!2d-83.804601!3d27.698638!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1

If you look southwest of the Greenwood Ave location on this map you will see a Rowlett Park Dr and Sligh Ave. There's a railroad track there and today they found skeletal remains near that intersection. Interesting it's right in the same map view you mentioned. Just across the river. The first person I thought of was Sandra Prince and then I saw your post. Just wanted to point out how close we both are looking. Eerie huh?

http://tbo.com/news/breaking-news/police-tampa-homeless-man-finds-apparent-human-bones-20131223/

http://www.abcactionnews.com/dpp/news/possible-human-bones-found-near-railroad-tracks-in-tampa

Chuz Life
12-23-2013, 02:06 PM
https://www.google.com/maps/preview#!q=8111+Greenwood+Ave%2C+Tampa%2C+FL&data=!1m4!1m3!1d11704!2d-82.4212449!3d28.0167651!4m12!2m11!1m10!1s0x88c2c64 3d30e52b3%3A0xa2f46e9cafc7924!3m8!1m3!1d3617386!2d-83.804601!3d27.698638!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1

If you look southwest of the Greenwood Ave location on this map you will see a Rowlett Park Dr and Sligh Ave. There's a railroad track there and today they found skeletal remains near that intersection. Interesting it's right in the same map view you mentioned. Just across the river. The first person I thought of was Sandra Prince and then I saw your post. Just wanted to point out how close we both are looking. Eerie huh?

http://tbo.com/news/breaking-news/police-tampa-homeless-man-finds-apparent-human-bones-20131223/

http://www.abcactionnews.com/dpp/news/possible-human-bones-found-near-railroad-tracks-in-tampa

Wow.

That is very Eerie indeed.

Even if it turns out to be the body of someone else - I hope it results in a more thorough search of the area for any other possible remains.

Thanks for the links!