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3 Years Later: Parents wait for justice after daughter's murder in St. Pete

Taylor McAllister's body was found in an alley
Posted at 10:40 PM, Feb 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-05 23:27:27-05

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- A Pinellas County family waits and hopes for justice in their daughter's death.

They want someone held accountable for killing their daughter nearly three years ago.

St. Pete Police said 22-year-old Taylor McAllister was found dead on December 22, 2016 on 63rd Avenue South in St. Petersburg.

Her parents, Bill and Leslie McAllister, keep numerous binders containing police reports and court files regarding their daughter's murder.

"To know the things that we know and the pictures that we've seen through the autopsy and the scene, it's disgusting," said Taylor's mother, Leslie McAllister.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward up to $3,000 in this case classified as cold.

"The judicial system has completely let her down," said Taylor's father, Bill McAllister.

Three men were charged for failure to report her death nearly a year after her body was found, but no one faced murder charges. The medical examiner's report stated the cause of death was asphyxia and the manner of death was homicide.

Taylor's parents say she struggled with addiction, but it did not define her.

"We did everything you could possibly imagine to get her help and get her clean. Addiction does not pick people. She was not ready to make those decisions, I guess, and it took her down a really dark path," said Taylor's mother.

Taylor's parents share videos of their daughter singing to remind her twin girls of the mother they hardly knew.

"They call her 'Angel Mommy' so it's very difficult. But we want them to grow up happy," said Taylor's mother.

The family says they will never have closure, but they hope for justice.

"Losing a child, you can't even put into words. Every parents' worst nightmare," said Taylor's dad.

"Unless somebody has gone through it, I don't think there are words that exist for the pain that it has caused all of us," he added.

Anyone with information regarding this case who wishes to remain anonymous is eligible for a reward up to $3,000. Please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS or