TEMPLE TERRACE, Fla. - The case of Sandra Prince, a Temple Terrace woman who went missing seven years ago, has been re-launched as a murder investigation with a $100,000 reward for information leading to her murderer.
At a news conference Thursday morning, the Temple Terrace Police department announced that the reward money came from Prince's mother's estate.
Prince disappeared just days before New Year’s Day 2006. Police found her back door unlocked and blood inside the trunk of her car, but her body has never been found.
Shortly after the 59 year-old went missing, police labeled her boyfriend, Earl Pippin, as a person of interest.
Earl Pippin worked as a contractor, and at one point in 2006, police dug up a house he worked on with the hopes of finding evidence or maybe even her body, but they found nothing.
Police say Pippin has been the only person of interest in the last seven years, but he's never cooperated with police.
Temple Terrace Police Chief Kenneth Albano said hoping to find the victim alive is no longer their priority.
"Any finality or accountability would be welcome by her family," he said.
Before she disappeared, Prince was a successful woman in Tampa. In the 1970’s, she co-founded the Agency for Community Treatment Services, a behavioral health agency that treated alcohol addiction.
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