FL - Amanda 'Mandy' Dougherty, 5, Boca Raton, 22 Sept 1994

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    Amanda Mandy Doughtery

    Sadly, there wasn't a lot of info that I can find, and only this one picture.

    On September 22, 1994, at approximately 6:30 a.m., Amanda was reported missing at her residence in North Lauderdale by her father and mother. The victim was in bed at approximately 10:00 p.m. The mother claimed to have checked on the victim before she went to bed, between 11:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m. At approximately 6:00 a.m., the victim's father and brother found the front door of the house open and the victim missing. On September 24, 1994, Amanda was discovered 28 miles north of North Lauderdale in Palm Beach County. The body had trauma and a wire wrapped around her neck. The victim was found nude, but was not thought to be sexually assaulted nor showed any indication or combative wounds.

    http://www.truecrimereport.com/coldcase/victim/unsolved-murder-of-amanda-mandy-doughtery-28496671/

    For years, investigators believed that David Dougherty murdered Mandy. With his previous record and the fact that he was the last to person known to have seen her alive, he was naturally a suspect. According to police, David failed two lie detector tests and a voice stress test. As Sherlock Holmes would say, there’s also the fact that the two watch-dogs in the house never barked on the night Mandy went missing.

    David had served time for manslaughter and had been placed on probation for attacking his 72-year-old cancer-stricken grandmother. Then, several years after Mandy was murdered, he was arrested for choking his wife during a domestic assault in which he held police at bay with a starter pistol. Cops logically concluded that David Dougherty may have flown into a rage and killed his daughter, then covered it up by dumping her body in a remote area.

    However, since there was no physical evidence linking him to the crime, David was never charged. Then, on November 30, 2000, that changed.
    For more info - http://kidnappingmurderandmayhem.blogspot.com/2008/09/did-big-boy-bandit-murder-mandy.html
     
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    Suspect Confesses To Abduction, Rape Of Girl, 10
    Much more at the link
     
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    I was able to locate several articles in google newspaper archives.

    Body of Girl Found
    Sept 25,1994

    Dozens of volunteers and police officers had searched for 5-year-old Amanda Dougherty
    Sept 26, 1994

    Body found nearby said to be Amanda
    Sept 26, 1994

    We stand by as our children die
    Oct 6, 1994

    Disappearance of second child raises parents' fears
    Oct 25, 1994
    (The other child was 7-year-old Christina Holt)

    Parents not strangers most likely to kill
    Nov 4, 1994

    Do something, react -- don't "what if"
    Oct 6, 1994
    (Interesting article by Hal Habib)

    Parents stonewall in death of child
    Septemer 1995

    Detective haunted by death of little girl
    March 20, 1996

    Kidnapping suspect wants tape thrown out
    June 7, 2001

    A jogger saw a little girl sitting on a parch bench, crying, around Midnight. A couple of hours later, neighbors noticed he Doughtertys' front door open, and their pit bulls roaming around outside. Why wouldn't the jogger call police, or try to help the little girl? Then another jogger found Amanda's body a few days later.
     
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    Rest in Peace dear Amanda. You will never be forgotten.

    In the news articles it is mentioned that Stephen Covell was a friend of Amanda's father. Since there were two guard dogs there could not have been an intruder who was not known in the house.

    I hope and pray that there is a confession in this case. I applaud the law enforcement officers who have worked so hard on this case. I am sure that many of them, retired now, still wish for this case to be solved.

    Dear little Mandy - your light shines on.
     

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