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    FL - Winter Haven, Female hit by train, Feb'86 - Cheryl Setzer

    Cheryl Setzer left her three daughters at their Winter Haven home in 1986.

    Thirty years later, investigators now know why her daughters never saw her again.

    Detectives with the Polk County Sheriff's Office learned Thursday that Setzer, who was 41 when she disappeared, was the woman whose body was found after she was struck and killed by a train Feb. 21, 1986, near 21st Street Southwest.
    http://www.theledger.com/article/201...1410?p=1&tc=pg

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    Such a sad case!
    It does make you wonder how many cases could be solved by comparing DNA testing of unidentified bodies with family members.

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    Oh please tell us where's the father today. I am so impressed that the daughter hired a PI to get to the bottom of this........am sad about the mom. I suspect we will be hearing more about this one hopefully.
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    not much in MSM about this case

    http://www.wftv.com/news/news/local/...ied-tha/nkGpJ/

    ''In August 2012, detectives received some information about the unidentified woman who had been killed in February on the rail road tracks and discovered the Medical Examiner's Office still had samples from the body.

    The samples were sent to a lab in Texas, and on Feb. 18, 2015 - three days before the 29th anniversary of Setzer's death - researchers confirmed a match between the DNA from the unidentified women and the three sisters.''

    http://www.baynews9.com/content/news...n_woman_m.html
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    "The missing person report provides additional details about why Setzer left the troubled home on Coleman Road in Winter Haven.

    "As the years passed, they (the three daughters) would ask their father Jimmy Setzer questions in reference to their mother's whereabouts, but he would get angry with them for asking," according to the report."

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    "their mother was forced into hospitalization under the state's Baker Act and was fearful of their father.

    The oldest daughter, Susan Peavy, was 16 when her mother was hospitalized.

    She described to investigators the last day her mother was hospitalized.

    "Susan stated her and her sisters and father, Jimmy, drove to the hospital and her father went in to go see her mother," the report states. When he returned to the vehicle, he was angry because the hospital released her."

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    "A week later, Susan Peavy received a phone call from her mother while she was in school, telling her that she planned to pick up Peavy and her sisters at their home.

    "I am coming for you guys," Setzer told Peavy, according to the report.

    That was the last time Peavy spoke with her mother.

    When Peavy told her father about the conversation, he told her and her siblings to meet him at a park by Westwood Middle School in Winter Haven, according to the report."

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    "When Peavy told her father about the conversation, he told her and her siblings to meet him at a park by Westwood Middle School in Winter Haven, according to the report.

    The father took the children to an extended-stay hotel in Kissimmee for two weeks. When they returned home, there was no sign of Cheryl Setzer.

    A couch Cheryl Setzer typically slept on had been replaced with a new one."

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    "Over the years, the sisters checked mental health facilities, but had been unable to find their mother.

    After the missing person report was filed, detectives didn't come up with any leads but entered her information into state and national databases. "

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    "Al Smith of Bartow, the private investigator Setzer had hired, emailed Mickey Branch of the Polk County Medical Examiner's Office about a missing person case involving a woman who had been struck by a train.

    Branch, an administrative assistant with the medical examiner, started investi*gating.

    She said she noticed that investigators had recovered a wedding ring belonging to the woman on the train tracks."

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    "Tissue samples were first sent to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, but no matches came back.

    "There was not enough to do a DNA comparison," Branch said. "

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    "The Medical Examiner's Office then sent samples from the remains to the North Texas lab to be compared with the previously sent samples.

    The lab requested newer samples from the daughters.

    On Thursday, the university reported a match between the remains and the three daughters."

    http://www.theledger.com/article/201...1410?p=3&tc=pg
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    "Younger daughter Carrie Setzer declined to comment about the case Friday, saying it was a family matter.

    Other family members could not be reached.

    Smith said he had mixed emotions about the confirmation that Setzer was struck and killed by a train."

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    "These children whose mother disappears when they were little were haunted by the mystery of what happened to Mom," Smith said. "Now they finally know."

    http://www.theledger.com/article/201...1410?p=3&tc=pg


    John Chambliss can be reached at 863-802-7588 or john.chambliss@theledger.com. ]
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    Where is the father today??? Hasn't FL LE interviewed him lately???
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