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Cold Case Homicide

Name: Tommy Eugene Smith 
Discovery Date: 10/11/1996 
Case Description

Tommy Smith, age 37, was a nursing supervisor for Lakeland Regional Medical Center. He was last seen by his brother at their parents’ home at approximately 8:45 p.m. on October 10, 1996. At about 10:20 that same evening, Smith’s vehicle, a 1984 Jeep Wagoneer with wood grain paneling, was seen along the side of the road at Berkley & I-4. His vehicle was still there the next morning at 5:45 a.m.

Later that evening, a couple walking beside a grove on Edison Rd., in Polk City, found Tommy’s body. He had been murdered and left in the orange grove.

A witness (drawn below) is needed for questioning:

  •  W/M

  • Height: 6'

  • Weight: 200-230

  • Age: mid 30's - 40's

  • Build: Large

  • Hair: Dark, Curly

  •  Solved - 11-02-2012 PCSO Cold Case Detectives Solve 1996 Cold Case Homicide of Tommy Eugene Smith

    Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit at (863) 298-6379,
    or send an email to coldcase@polksheriff.org.