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Episode 79

Who Killed Jennifer Odom?

December 7, 2020   Tags: , ,
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Paul and Billy look into the unsolved murder of 12-year-old Jennifer Odom. Jennifer disappeared after getting off the school bus on February 19th, 1993, in Florida. After her remains were found six days later, the case focused on serial predators and serial killers alike. Tips continue to come in, but no one has been arrested for Jennifer's murder.   

The Disappearance and Murder of Jennifer Odom:
12-year-old Jennifer Renee Odom was an honor roll student who played clarinet at Weighman Middle School. On February 19th, 1993, the bubbly blond haired, brown eyed young girl planned to practice her clarinet later in the day with her best friend Michelle. But Michelle had to go home first. So Jennifer got off the bus around 3 PM and began the 200 yard walk to her home. The two waved goodbye to each other. 

At 4 PM, Jennifer’s little sister 9-year-old Jessica got home from her school day. She tried to enter the door of their white mobile home with green shutters. But it was locked. So Jessica walked over to her grandmother’s house to tell on her sister. Once there she called her mother Renee Converse and told her Jennifer wouldn’t let her in. But once inside the home, it was clear Jennifer never made it inside. 

According to the Tampa Bay Times, over 400 people in the community volunteered including her stepdad Clark. Her mother Renee stayed home waiting for word of her daughter. It rained that day but it didn’t deter the search. 

A detailed account of what Jennifer was wearing and carrying were sent out to the public. She had her backpack, a clarinet case with her cousin’s initials “L.O.” on the case. She also carried a purse . Jennifer was wearing a white zip-up hoodie, with the restaurant name “Hooters” written in orange down the arm, a white turtleneck, a cashmere or angora red pullover sweater, white jeans and black, lace-up boots. 

Her classmates were interviewed. Everyone remembered Jennifer waving goodbye to the bus with her backpack and clarinet case. Some of the other students remembered seeing a faded blue pick up truck. According to the children on the bus, it was going at a crawling speed when it drove by. But no one saw it stop or Jennifer being abducted. 

Six days later, a couple was searching near an orange grove along Spring Lake horse trail. It was 10 miles from where Jennifer had gotten off the bus the week before. They found a body. It was Jennifer’s. She was able to be identified initially by her best friend’s necklace. Her fingerprints later confirmed her identity. She had suffered blunt force trauma to the head and had been sexually assaulted.

The Suspects:
Frank Potts:
Frank Potts, Sr. was a migrant worker. He worked in orchards and did odd jobs. He went from town to town wherever the work was, mainly in the southeast: the Carolinas, Alabama, Florida, Georgia. Occasionally he would venture farther north, at one point being known to have visited Illinois.  

In 1982 he was sent to prison in Florida for molesting an 11-year-old girl. He was sentenced to 15 years, but only served 6 years and was released in 1988. Once released he went back to his migrant work. He did find himself a location on Garrett Mountain in Alabama to be an anchor. There he bought 40 acres and built a survivalist cabin to come home to.

At 50 years old he was arrested for sexual battery against a 10-year-old girl in Lakeland, Florida, in 1993. A crime in which he was convicted and is currently serving a life sentence. After that arrest, law enforcement searched his 40 acres. On it they found the remains of a man who went missing in 1989--Robert Jines. 

Marc Evonitz:
In June 2002, Marc Evonitz kidnapped a 15-year-old girl in Columbia, South Carolina. He took her from her friend’s front yard. Then he took the girl back to his apartment and tied her to the bed. He repeatedly assaulted her for 18 hours. When he went to sleep, the girl escaped. Karen and Georgia discussed this case last month, the survivor was Kara Robinson Chamberlin. 

Evonitz fled to Sarasota, Florida, and killed himself when police were closing in on his location. He confessed to some crimes to his sister before taking his own life. After his death authorities searched his home. Inside they found forensic evidence that linked him to three other murders. 

The first was 16-year-old Sofia Silva. Sofia was abducted from her front yard in Spotsylvania County, Virginia on September 9, 1996. Her remains were discovered a month later. The remains were located in King George County off State Route 3. 

The following year he abducted sisters Kristen and Kati Lisk from their front yard on May 1, 1997. He sexually assaulted them. After strangling them, he disposed of their bodies in the South Anna River.


ASSIGNMENT:
We are looking for any information on Jennifer Odom’s case. If you know anything, please let us know.

We also want to send you on two different rabbit holes. The first is Frank Potts. Polk County Sheriffs still think he has other victims out there. He spent time working along the Gulf Coast and throughout the southeastern United States. He was a migrant worker often working on farms. Based on his convictions he preyed on young girls around 10-12 years old. 

The other is Richard Marc Evonitz. Aside from the three murders and Kara’s kidnapping and sexual assault, it is believed by the FBI that he also has other victims. He was in the Navy and travelled for work all over. 

According to the FBI, he had an explosive temper and an affinity for guns. He conducted surveillance on his victims, all of which were under 18 years old. Evontiz had a preoccupation with drowning. He forced his victims to wash and/or shave their pubic hair. He bound the hands and feet of his victims. For disposing of bodies, he would conceal in a plastic or metal tub or perhaps a blanket tied with rope. And he would often dispose of them in water.

If you have any information, please contact us.   

CODE OF CONDUCT: 

1. Do not name names publicly. Send everything to the police or to this page and we will forward to the police. 
2. Do not post side by side photos.
3. Do not contact any family members. 
4. Do not doxx each other and be civil. We all want the same thing. 

As tips come in, Jensen and Holes will work to verify them. If they look good, we will publish them here to try and get us closer to their names.

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