Date: October 20, 2004 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

Carrie Rodgers, (863) 534-6217 OR (863) 819-1856 Pager

<Sheriff's Detective Named finalist for Prestigious Award

The Florida Retail Federation (FRF) recently announced their top choices in the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year for 2004 award, and included among them is Polk County Sheriff's Homicide Detective Louis Giampavolo.

Detective Giampavolo was selected as a finalist by a committee representing law enforcement, retail security, the media, and government, from a broad range of applicants statewide.  Detective Giampavolo was nominated by his supervisors for this award for his exemplary work in the Homicide Cold Case Squad. Each day, Detective Giampavolo worked on unsolved deaths that occurred in the county, putting in long hours and extra effort.

His aggressive approach proved instrumental in solving the 6-year-old case of murdered Haines City Police Officer Christopher Horner. During his three-year assignment to this case, Detective Giampavolo traveled all over the United States, following up thousands of leads, and securing a confession from one of the suspects. His investigation culminated in the indictment of 2 suspects, Christopher Gamble and Andre Paige.

Meanwhile, in February 2004, the detective began working a suspicious missing person case from 1994. Through his excellent investigative and interviewing skills, he found a witness who led him to an area where the victim's body was buried. Even though time and elements prevented the body from being recovered, the detective was able to prove a murder had been committed and obtained an indictment for the crime. The suspect, John Boyett, was arrested in August of this year.

Detective Giampavolo will be recognized by the FRF at the annual reception and awards banquet on Tuesday, November 9th, in Naples, Florida.

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