In the early hours of the 21st of January, 1990, Teryl’s 1989 red Ford Thunderbird car was found abandoned on the side of County Road 218 in Middleburg, Florida.
The car was discovered still running, and Teryl’s purse which contained cash and credit cards was found inside of the car next to a spilt drink. Her glasses were found around 50 feet away from the car.
Teryl had left her boyfriend’s house in Jacksonville at around 5:00am, and was heading towards the house she shared with her mother in Middleburg.
Just 7 days after Teryl’s car had been found, two young boys discovered Teryl’s partially clothed body just off Lee Drive, close to Black Creek, which is about 4 to 5 miles away from where her car had been found.
Teryl had been stabbed in the chest multiple times and was found wearing only underwear, socks and shoes. It is unknown if she had been sexually assaulted due to the state of decomposition that her body was found in.
Investigators cleared Teryl’s boyfriend and ex-husband as suspects. Teryl was a kind and caring woman who was well-liked and had never been in any sort of trouble.
Due to the position of Teryl’s car, and a witness who was nearby claiming she was woken up by a woman screaming “I didn’t do anything. I didn’t do anything.” there were rumours that a police officer may have been involved in her abduction and murder.
However, the Clay’s County Sheriff’s Office verified and accounted for all of their officers on the day and time in question.
They acknowledge that it may have been someone impersonating a police officer, and they have asked that if anyone encountered someone pretending to be a police officer between 1989-1990 in Northeast Florida, to please come forward.
If you, or someone you know, has any information regarding the abduction and murder of Teryl Orcutt, please contact the Clay County Sheriff’s Office at (904) 264-6512. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call the First Coast Crime Stoppers on 866-845-TIPS.
Unsolved, Murder, Homicide, Abduction, Florida, True Crime