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No answers, no arrests a year after the double murder of an elderly Clearwater Couple

100 people interviewed, 200 pieces of evidence but no arrests
Posted at 7:08 PM, Sep 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-29 18:29:34-04

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- It’s been one year since a Clearwater elderly couple was discovered shot dead.

Twelve months later, there is still no arrest for the murders of David and Mina Swan.

Clearwater Police says it has interviewed 100 people and collected 200 pieces of evidence. Despite the investigative efforts and a $53,000 reward money, put up by mostly family of the victims, no one has been charged.

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“My mother should be able to rest in peace. We take that phrase for granted. We say it at funerals but we haven’t been able to say that yet," said Noel Devine, daughter of Mina Swan.

The Swans were found shot to death inside their Flushing Avenue home one year ago this Sunday.

“It bothers me every day," said Lt. Michael Walek with Clearwater Police. "You want to remain committed to knowing who did this and we’re going to do that.”

Walek describes the case in one word— difficult.

“Everyone watches TV. There’s so many crime shows on TV nowadays and everything is solved within the first hour and here unfortunately we don’t have that ability. This case is very complex," he said.

Walek will not say how many tips they’ve received. Devine is giving investigators her full support.

“The police are very, very smart and they are very hardworking and they are not going to give up," she said.

Investigators have ruled out this was a home break-in or a robbery.

“The hardest thing is that it’s a targeted attack not a random act of violence. It’s someone went there with a motive to kill two people. Elderly people. 88 and 80-year-old people. It’s different it’s not something you see every day," said Walek.

He believes the break in the case may come from a solid tip.

“There will be a day we can say ‘Rest in peace, mom. We know what happened.’" said Devine.

If you know anything about who killed David and Mina Swan call 727-562-4141.