Real Life NCIS and Cold Case Detectives Solve a Florida Murder Mystery

SANFORD, Florida (WFLA News) -- Some real life detective work by NCIS and local cold case investigators in the Orlando area solves a 35 year old murder mystery.

Naval recruit Pamela Cahanes was found dead in her underwear at a vacant home in Sanford in August 1984... just two days after graduating from basic training in Orlando, which at that time hosted a naval training center.

Improvements in DNA technology and forensic genealogy led investigators to a Navy veteran living in Jacksonville. Seminole County detectives arrested 59 year old Thomas Garner Wednesday. He's jailed without bond on a first degree murder charge. The investigators who broke the cold case joined Cahanes' relatives in Minnesota to watch as deputies made the announcement.

Photo Credit: Seminole County Sheriff's Office

Below see a gallery of images related to the case.


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