(May 10, 2016)- Today marks the 26th anniversary of the brutal murders of 11 year old Robin Cornell and 32 year old Lisa Story. The two were killed in their apartment in Cape Coral in the early morning hours of May 10, 1990.
Jan Cornell was at her boyfriend's home on the evening of May 9, 1990, watching television when she fell asleep. She awoke and went home to discover that her daughter and roommate had been killed inside of the apartment.
Since that day, Cape Coral Police Detectives have been investigating the case. In the 26 years that have followed, many detectives have worked on the murders. By definition, the Cornell-Story Investigation is a "Cold Case." However the attention and dedication given to solving the horrific crime is anything but cold.
Once again, the Cape Coral Police Department is putting this case out in front, in hopes of generating leads that will lead to the arrest of a killer.
Detective Christy Jo Ellis, a 25-year veteran of the Cape Coral Police Department, has been working the Cornell/Story case for the last several years.
Detectives maintain a close relationship with Jan Cornell. Ellis and Cornell speak routinely about the case. "It is a tremendous advantage having Jan available on speed dial. She is an active participant in this investigation. She is able to recall people from that time and help put pieces of evidence into context," said Ellis regarding her relationship with Jan Cornell.
This week, the Cape Coral Police Department, thanks to a generous donation from Lamar advertising, will be running billboards featuring this case. Additionally, the department will be running a paid ad-campaign on social media. The hope is to reach people across SW Florida and beyond to get the one lead that will give investigators the break in this case they've been looking for the past 26 years.
Detective Ellis and her partner, Detective Kurt Grau are actively working this case and they need your help. Any information may be the key to finding a killer. If you have any information on the identity of the suspect, please contact the Cape Coral Police Department at 239-574-3223. You can also submit an anonymous tip. Go to www.capecops.com/tips or text a tip- text CCPD+"Your Message" to CRIMES (274637). Finally, you can call Crimestoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS.
CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT | Public Affairs Office | 1100 Cultural Park Boulevard | Cape Coral, FL 33990 | (239) 242-3341