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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Michael D. Crews, Secretary


For Immediate Release
June 8, 2001
For More Information
Contact: Public Affairs Office
(850) 488-0420

Murder Suspect Identified
on DOC Website

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From: Martin, William
Sent: Thursday, June 07, 2001 12:50 PM
To: publicaffairs@mail.dc.state.fl.us
Subject: Homicide Cleared with use of your website

To whom it may concern,

I am Det. William Martin with the Kansas City, Missouri Police and would inform whoever maintains your website that with the use of your supervised offender list I was able to immediately identify a suspect in a 1999 murder which occurred in our city. This killer was EDWARD COOPER and was using the assumed name of KEVIN LAIRD and has been living in Florida ever since the time of the murder.

On 6-5-2001, the suspect was apprehended by the Florida Fugitive Task Force on an outstanding PV under LAIRD and the murder II warrant.

Thank you for having such a detailed offender webpage that not only provided the people who are currently in custody, but just about everyone that has been through the system along with their photograph. This was a great help and the photograph was only a few months old and was used to compare against the killers mugshot, which matched.

I wish all states had a similar website with as much detailed information because it has helped me located two murder suspect now, one being Cooper and another last year who was in Minnesota Department of Corrections for an unrelated double murder, who have a very similar website.

Thank you for your assistance.

Should there being any questions you may contact me:
Det. William Martin
Kansas City, Missouri Police Department
816-234-5271
work E-mail wmartin@kcpd.org