Homicide victim ID’d 30 years after remains found in Orange County

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office announced this week that detectives have finally confirmed the identity of a homicide victim who was killed near Apopka in 1993.

According to OCSO, hunters contacted law enforcement on October 2, 1993, after skeletal remains were found in a vacant lot on Binion Road in Orange County.

The sheriff’s office launched an investigation, and evidence revealed that the victim had been murdered. However, despite the efforts of law enforcement, the case went cold as investigators were unable to identify the human remains for three decades.

That all changed this year, thanks to advancements in genetic genealogy and a partnership between the sheriff’s office and Othram Labs.

OCSO detectives ID homicide victim 30 years after remains found in vacant lot near Apopka Photo by Orange County Sheriff s Office 2
The homicide victim in this case has been identified as 48-year-old Richard Wick. (Photos: Orange County Sheriff’s Office)

In a social media post on Tuesday, June 11, OCSO stated that detectives have recently confirmed that the remains are those of 48-year-old Richard Wick.

“We are now reaching out to the public for any information that might help solve this case,” stated the sheriff’s office.

If you knew Richard Wick, or if you have any details about his life or the circumstances leading to his death in 1993, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office asks that you contact its Cold Case Unit at 407-836-4357 or the Central Florida Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS(8477).

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