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Help needed in unsolved homicide

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By The Staff

It's been five years since Leo Rives, then 31, was killed at the intersection of NE 218 Avenue, east of Williston, and law enforcement officers are asking for the public's help to solve this crime.

It was around 10:20 p.m. July 5 when a 911 call came in reporting a suspicious vehicle and a possible shooting.

When law enforcement personnel arrived, they found a white Ford Crown Victoria parked on the roadway and Rives on the ground beside the vehicle. The car was still running and the front driver and passenger doors were open.

Rives had sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was dead when they arrived.

While the case has remained unsolved, recent progress has been made in the investigation.

As the fifth anniversary of Rives' murder approaches, LCSO Investigators are asking the public for its assistance in closing this case for the friends and family of Rives.

Anyone wishing to provide information should contact the lead investigator, Sgt. Mike Narayan at 352-486-5111, Extension 267.

Investigators believe that there are numerous individuals that know who is involved in the murder. These witnesses may fear retaliation and have chosen not to become involved.

"We are appealing to these witnesses to do what is right and help bring closure and justice for the family. We strongly encourage these individuals to utilize Crime Stoppers if they wish to remain anonymous," according to a press release from the sheriff's office.

Crime Stoppers of Levy County has authorized a cash award of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the person or persons involved in the murder of Rives.

That information can be provided anonymously at 1-877-349-8477.