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Cold case heats back up in Coral Springs

Posted by Rachel Leigh email

CORAL SPRINGS, FL (WFLX) - Attorneys for the family of a missing Coral Springs teen, whose body was found 30 years later, explain the circumstances surrounding the suspicious death.

The body of 18-year-old Jeff Klee was found in March at the bottom of a canal. Lawyers now say this case will likely go unprosecuted. They have a suspect, but the statute of limitations has run out.

Unlike first-degree murder, which has no statute of limitations, manslaughter charges lapse after four years.

"We are burdened by knowing that someone who, we believe, put out brother in his van and pushed him into the canal to be left for dead, they will not be held legally accountable for the crime they committed," informed Jeff's sister, Laura Steel.

While it is not known why prosecutors declined to pursue murder charges, one possible reason is that there was no clear evidence proving the death was intentional.

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