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Cold Case Homicides

From June 2008 until June 2019, the Polk County Sheriff's Office Homicide Unit maintained a 100% clearance rate on all homicides investigated within the PCSO jurisdiction. 

The two most recent unsolved homicides - those of Shay Collins in June 2019 and Alphonsa Payne in May 2020 - are listed here along with all other unsolved homicides back to 1961.

Our Cold Case Unit is dedicated to solving these homicides and bringing justice to these victims' families.

Can you help? Click the links below to view information about unsolved Polk County Homicides. Photos are included if available. If you have any information concerning an unsolved homicide, please contact the Bureau of Criminal Investigations at 863-298-6379 or send an email to

Or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a CASH REWARD contact Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477). Anonymity is guaranteed!

Andrew Varga

Andrew Varga

Discovery Date: May 3, 1990

On May 1, 1990, 70-year-old Varga and his wife drove from Oviedo to Tampa, where he dropped his wife off for an 11:30 a.m. hair appointment. Mr. Varga left the salon between 1:15 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. and told his wife that he would return in an hour. He left the salon in his vehicle, a 1985 dark blue Chrysler Fifth Avenue. Mr. Varga never returned to pick up his wife.

On May 3, 1990, at approx. 12:00p.m., Mr. Varga’s body was found in a canal behind Akerman, Inc., located at 350 N. Galloway Rd., Lakeland.

On May 3, 1990, at 9:25 p.m., Mr. Varga’s vehicle was recovered on the 3000 block of North Central Avenue in Tampa.

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