For five years, the Cuevas family has been trying to find whoever killed their son and their brother - Coral Springs man Francisco Cuevas. Mother Margarita Goedeke, sister Lillian Cuevas and Coral Springs Police Sgt. Carla Mertes discuss the case.
For five years, the Cuevas family has been trying to find whoever killed their son and their brother – Coral Springs man Francisco Cuevas.
"Half of me died with him and it's been like that every single day," Cuevas' mother Margarita Goedeke said. "It’s just awful to think of what happened to him, what they did to him."
Police believe the 47-year-old was killed in Pompano Beach at a kitchen supply business he owned, Pyro Industries. Parts of his body were found in a metal box in Palm Beach Gardens five months after he was reported missing.
Now, the Coral Springs Police Department is refusing to let the cold case die, so it's spending $30,000 to jump-start the police investigation.
“The forfeiture funds that were granted by our commission are for investigators to move forward with some leads and some experts tied in to solve this case,” Sgt. Carla Mertes said.
It’s the first time Coral Springs has put this kind of money towards a murder investigation.
“There are persons of interest in the case and detectives are following up currently,” Mertes added.
Family members say they suspect Cuevas’ business partner, and detectives even executed a search warrant at Pyro Industries – where they found blood. A week later, that business partner left the country and hasn't been seen since.
"We're never going to stop until we get justice for him," said Lillian Cuevas, the victim's sister.