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LEVEE MURDER MYSTERY SOLVED

BSO Case Number: BS08-11-01377
PIO Number: 08-11-6 B
Date: 11/6/08
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Place of Occurrence: Near mile marker 40 on U.S. 27, unincorporated West Broward
Jurisdiction: Unincorporated West Broward

Victim(s):

  • Adam Gerber, 33, male, 4/25/75, 10256 NW 36 St., Coral Springs (DECEASED)

Suspect(s):

  • Terrance (Smurf) Taylor, 26, male, 9/9/82, 10250 NW 36 St., Coral Springs (IN CUSTODY)

Description of Incident:

Broward Sheriff’s Office Homicide detectives have charged a Coral Springs man with the murder of his neighbor, whose body was later dumped in the Everglades.

A South Florida Water Management District employee discovered the body of 33-year-old Adam Gerber lying on the ground near a levee near mile marker 40 on U.S. 27, at around 1:30 p.m. on November 6. Broward Sheriff’s Office Homicide detectives traced back the last hours of Gerber’s life, beginning at the last place where he was seen alive: the Sears auto center at the Broward Mall, where he was getting a tire fixed at 10:15 a.m.

Investigators determined that Gerber left that location with a man, and obtained records that showed Gerber’s credit card had been used after leaving Sears at an ATM location in west Pembroke Pines close to U.S. 27. Detectives viewed surveillance video from the ATM location and retrieved a picture of the person who used Gerber’s card at approximately 1 p.m. The man was later identified as his next door neighbor, 26-year-old Terrance Taylor. Evidence from the ATM also showed Taylor driving Gerber’s stolen Lexus 300, but Gerber was nowhere in sight. BSO and Coral Springs Police set up surveillance outside Taylor’s home on Nov. 8, and saw him sneaking into his own apartment through the rear of the residence to avoid being spotted. Taylor was subsequently arrested and was found to be in possession of Gerber’s credit card. He was booked on charges of fraudulent use of a credit card, possession or use of another person’s ID without consent and grand theft while detectives continued their investigation.

On Thursday, Nov. 13, the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office notified BSO that they had located Gerber’s missing Lexus abandoned in front of a Publix at West Atlantic Avenue and the Turnpike, in unincorporated Palm Beach near Delray Beach. Detectives obtained additional evidence from the vehicle linking it and Taylor to the scene of the murder.

Taylor is now facing an additional charge of murder in the first degree.

INVESTIGATORS: Dets. Ellwood & Carmody, RID Homicide; Weston, Crime Scene
THIS REPORT BY: Keyla Concepción/PIO 11/14/08 1730

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