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    Unhappy Julie Magliulo's Murder Case Reopened After 21 Years

    Cold Case Haunts Investigators

    Who Killed Little Julie?
    She was just 3 years old, blonde with blue eyes, and cute as a button, but someone wanted her dead.
    Little Julie Magliulo vanished from her south Florida home in 1987 and was found dead months later.
    The FBI and local police agencies are reopening this cold case in hopes of cracking it once and for all.




    At 3 years old, little blonde-haired, blue-eyed Julie Magliulo knew most folks in her Pompano, Fla. neighborhood. Nicknamed "JuJuBee" after the candy she loved, young Julie frequented the local convenience store.

    She was the second-youngest of five siblings and was often seen following her brothers and sisters through the woods, to friends' homes, and was quite independent, according to neighbors.

    On June 8, 1987, just three months before Julie would have turned four, little "JuJuBee" vanished. At 9:40 a.m., her mother, Brenda Magliulo, said Julie was outside, playing alone in front of the house. An hour later, after Brenda showered, fed the baby and got ready for her day, she noticed Julie wasn't playing outside. In fact, she couldn't find Julie anywhere.

    A neighbor called police while Brenda and others searched for Julie. There was no sign of the three-foot blonde anywhere. Cops, neighbors, and volunteers scoured the region for the missing girl. Helicopters, police dogs and divers were hard at work, searching the woods behind Julie's home and the flooded rock pit across the street. There was still no sign of Julie.

    The Broward County Sheriff's Office and the Adam Walsh Resource Center kicked the investigation into high gear with 50 million posters with Julie's photo, and hundreds of deputies canvassing homes, cars and businesses.

    The days turned to weeks, and the weeks turned to months. Investigators had no clues, no suspects, nothing.


    Then, on April 28, 1988, ten months after Julie's disappearance, the little girl was found -- dead.

    Police say Julie's skeletal remains were discovered by two men looking for a place to practice shooting in Weston, a remote area of western Broward County about 20 miles from her home.

    Investigators scoured the recovery site with extra care. Detectives said they found no evidence which could lead to a suspect; the area was wet from months of rain, and detectives believed whatever evidence may have been at the site was destroyed by the hot and wet climate of south Florida.

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    Fresh Look At Cold Case


    After 21 years, detectives on Julie's case had retired, evidence was locked away, and witnesses and family members moved or have passed away. However, Det. Don Scarbrough, formerly of the Broward County Sheriff's Office, said this case stuck with him even after he left law enforcement.

    Throughout the investigation, detectives leaned hard on Julie's mother, Brenda, and another neighbor who was seen talking to the little girl that morning. Cops said they interviewed convicted sex offenders who lived in that Pompano neighborhood at the time, but they never had any evidence to point to one theory, or a suspect.

    In 2006, the FBI implemented the Child Abduction Rapid Deployment Team known as CARDT. About 60 agents are assigned to the team in five regions of the United States. Their mission is to help local police departments in a crisis during an abduction or a missing child investigation. The CARDT unit has assisted in hundreds of cases over the years.

    By June 2008, the FBI took CARDT a step further and created a new initiative to have their experienced agents work on cold cases around the country. The FBI selected five cold cases to focus their manpower on.

    One of those cases is Julie Magliulo's unsolved homicide.

    Special Agent Jim Lewis in the FBI's Miami Field Office has joined Det. Scott Champagne with the Broward County Sheriff's Office in researching the case, re-submitting evidence, and re-interviewing neighbors, family members and witnesses. Also assisting is retired BSO detective Scarbrough.

    As Special Agent Lewis investigates this old case, he has the added difficulty of trying to find witnesses and people connected to the case. "We have a lot of roadblocks in cases like this one," he said. "Some witnesses have died, moved away or the memories are hazy."

    But investigators keep plugging away, hoping that a fresh set of eyes and someone's guilty conscience will help crack the case. "We want to try to find justice for this little girl," Lewis said.

    Another investigative tool being used is the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and Florida Crimestoppers' Cold Case Playing Cards.

    Agent Tommy Ray with FDLE developed playing cards to help solve crimes. Florida's 100,000 inmates received the third edition of FDLE's playing cards in Summer 2008. In that deck, as the King of Diamonds, is Julie Magliulo's case.

    Agent Lewis and others are hopeful someone will know something about that card and may result in a new lead, or better yet, an arrest. So far, two cases from the deck of cold case playing cards have been solved.

    As for retired detective Scarbrough, he wants two questions answered: who killed little Julie and why?

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    FBI, Sheriff Reopen Probe Of Julie Magliulo's Death In 1987

    MIAMI -- Authorities say someone must have information about the 1987 disappearance of a little girl whose skeletal remains were found 10 months later, and they're offering a $25,000 reward and appealing to the public for clues as they reopen the investigation.

    "Things like this don't happen in a vacuum. Somebody knows something, even after all these years," said Broward County sheriff's spokesman Jim Leljedal. "We just want them to come forward." The FBI and Broward sheriff issued the appeal Tuesday.

    Three-year-old Julie Magliulo was last seen by her mother playing in her front yard in Pompano Beach -- about 35 miles north of Miami -- on June 8, 1987. The blonde, blue-eyed girl wearing red shorts and a blue T-shirt became the subject of a huge manhunt that included thousands of posters and police officers searching cars and going door-to-door through neighborhoods.

    But not a trace of Julie was found. Then, on April 21, 1988 two men scouting a remote part of western Broward County - now the town of Weston - to practice shooting found the girl's skeletal remains. She had been asphyxiated.

    Despite hundreds of investigative leads, little physical evidence was discovered, no witnesses came forward and no suspect was ever identified.

    Gradually the case grew dormant. The FBI and sheriff's office decided to make a new public appeal as part of a nationwide initiative to focus attention on cold cases involving missing and murdered children The Magliulo case is one of five selected around the country, said FBI spokeswoman Judy Orihuela.

    The $25,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in Julie's death. People who think they know something are urged to call the FBI at 1-800-CALL FBI (1-800-225-5324).


    "Now is the time to come forward," the FBI and sheriff's office said in a joint statement. "It is never too late to give any information that might help. Your call may be the one."

    Investigators were interested in talking to anyone who had recently arrived in the Pompano Beach area in or around June 1987, or left abruptly after the girl's June 8 disappearance.

    According to the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit, friends and family of the perpetrator might have noticed changes such as an increase or decrease in drugs or alcohol use; missing work or other appointments; unexplained injuries; changes in physical appearance such as beards or dyeing hair; or unusual interest in the status of the investigation.

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    Timeline In Julie Magliulo Case


    JUNE 8, 1987: Julie, 3 1/2, disappears. Her mother, Brenda, tells investigators that she last saw her daughter about 9:30 that morning. By noon, a search team is organized. Throughout the day, helicopters and planes buzz overhead as about 200 searchers, including sheriff's deputies, off-duty officers from other police departments and civilian volunteers, combed the streets, nearby woods and several abandoned houses.

    JUNE 9: Dozens of off-duty employees from the Broward Sheriff's Office and about 60 to 70 volunteers pass out more than 7,000 fliers as the search continues. A representative of the Adam Walsh Child Resource Center, a nationwide organization aimed at helping families of missing children, offers its services.

    JUNE 11: A nationwide effort to publicize Julie's disappearance begins; the search for her continues in Broward County Click here for restaurant inspection reports.

    JUNE 19: Despite widespread rumors and dozens of false leads, Julie has not been found. The search continues.

    JUNE 21: Following a telephone tip, about a dozen volunteers on horseback comb a wooded area in West Palm Beach. They find no clues to the missing child.

    JUNE 23: Julie's parents call a spur-of-the-moment news conference to squelch rumors that their daughter has been found. They say the number of volunteer searchers has dropped from a peak of 200 to a handful.

    AUG. 31: Julie Magliulo's fourth birthday passes. Her parents still cling to hope that the child will be found.

    APRIL 28, 1988:
    Two men who had gone out for some shooting practice find the skeleton of a child in a remote area near State Roads 84 and 27.

    APRIL 29: Officials of the Broward Medical Examiner's Office say the remains are Julie's.

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    Investigators are asking for help from anybody who might know anything about 3-year-old Julie Magliulo's Murder

    On June 10, 1987, hundreds of volunteers combed the streets of Broward County, desperately searching for 3-year-old Julie Magliulo.

    On April 21, 1988, when her skeleton was found 20 miles from home in marshland that now is Weston, a flurry of investigators pored over the case.

    No suspect was ever named.

    Wednesday, investigators with the FBI and the Broward Sheriff's Office declared they were determined to solve the mystery that they long ago labeled a cold case.

    They gathered at the Broward Sheriff Office's headquarters near Fort Lauderdale to announce they now believe the case can be solved -- but they would not say why.

    ''This case may be cold . . . but it still has a heartbeat,'' FBI special agent Jim Lewis said.

    Earlier this year, FBI leaders gathered in Knoxville, Tenn., and picked five child-abduction cases from around the country that the FBI would reopen in cooperation with local investigators.

    Among the five: Julie Magliulo.

    A break in the case would put to rest one of South Florida's more chilling child killings.

    ''I certainly hope and pray that a person comes forward with information,'' said retired Detective Don Scarbrough, who worked on the case two decades ago.

    About 8:30 a.m. on June 8, 1987, a Broward sheriff's deputy saw Julie playing outside her house in the Broadview Estates neighborhood near North Lauderdale, BSO homicide Detective Scott Champagne said. So did a garbage man who passed through a half-hour later.

    At 9:30 a.m., Julie told her mother, Brenda, that she was going to a friend's house nearby, Champagne said.

    Ten minutes later, a neighbor saw her walking a beaten-down path to a nearby Circle K convenience store.

    About 10 a.m., Brenda Magliulo realized something was wrong when she saw Julie's friend -- but not Julie. At 11:50 a.m., Brenda Magliulo called BSO.

    After months of searching, Julie's skeleton was found by hunters in the muck south of State Road 84 and east of U.S. 27. Clues were hard to come by. The marshy area spent about nine months of the year under water, Champagne said. Six weeks earlier, a wildfire tore through the area.

    Since then, much has changed. Julie's mother now lives in North Central Florida. Her father, Antonio, died in May. The location where Julie was found became part of well-manicured Weston.

    The FBI is offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to an arrest. Investigators asked anyone with information to call 800-225-5324.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    November 18, 2008


    BSO AND FBI REOPEN 1987 CASE INTO DEATH OF 3-YEAR-OLD JULIE MAGLIULO

    The Broward Sheriff's Office (BSO) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have reopened the June 8, 1987 investigation into the disappearance and death of 3-year-old Julie Magliulo. While case investigators received a tremendous response from the public twenty years ago, and have responded to hundreds of leads that were called in and followed to their logical conclusion, the investigators are requesting the public's renewed assistance to resolve the death of Julie. The FBI is now offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible.

    We have reason to believe that there may be individuals who have information pertinent to this investigation that for unknown reason, have yet to come forward. We are making an appeal to these persons to contact 1-800-CALL FBI as soon as possible.

    Information about suspicious persons or unusual vehicles where Julie was last seen, or where Julie's body was found, could be extremely important to this investigation. Julie was last seen on June 8, 1987 in the neighborhood of Broadview Estates in unincorporated Pompano Beach, Florida. Her body was found on April 21, 1988, approximately 8/10 of a mile south of SR 84 and east of US 27, near a body of water that was known as Binocular Lake. This area was undeveloped at the time, but is now part of the City of Weston, Florida.

    Investigators would be interested in persons who were visiting, who recently arrived to the Pompano Beach, Florida area prior to June 1987, or who left suddenly after June 8, 1987. Even if you think that your information is unimportant, or that someone else may have already reported what you know, please contact the investigation's hotline. NOW is the time to come forward. It is never too late to give any information that might help. Your call may be the one that provides us with the information needed to solve this case.

    Additionally, we are asking the public's assistance in identifying the offender(s) in this matter by noting a change or changes in this person's behavior patterns after June 8, 1987. Often, someone in the community will unknowingly be associated with the offender of a crime, and may be in a position to observe behavioral changes in that person. They will recognize the changes, and may even question them about it, but may not relate the changes to that person's involvement in a crime.

    People close to the individual responsible for this offense may have noticed one or more of the following changes/scenarios, especially since June 8, 1987:

    * Unexpectedly leaving the area for a very plausible sounding reason (work related, visit to a distant relative or friend, etc.),
    * Changes in the "usual" consumption of alcohol, drugs or cigarettes (an increase or a decrease),
    * Missing work or other routine engagement(s), particularly on days near or close to the day of the incident, i.e. June 8, 1987,
    * Exhibiting an unnatural interest in the status of this investigation paying close attention to the media, talking about the incident even years later with close friends, family, or co-workers, etc.
    * A noted display of nervousness or irritability,
    * An increase or decrease in the expression of religious beliefs,
    * Unexplained injuries, i.e. cuts, bruise, etc., particularly on his hands or arms,
    * Changes in routine sleep patterns,
    * Changes in one's appearance by shaving facial and/or head hair, growing a mustache or beard, or dying his hair,
    * No longer operating their personal vehicle for no obvious "reason." This might include suddenly keeping this vehicle in a shed or garage, selling it, giving it away, etc.


    It is important to note that the exhibition of one or more of these behavioral changes alone is not indicative of one's involvement in a crime. These behavioral characteristics or changes are being shared so that the public may be sensitive to them, and may bring forth possible helpful information.

    Should you or someone you know have any information that may be important to the successful resolution of the death of Julie Magliulo, please contact the case investigators immediately at (800) CALL FBI. The case investigators would like to once again thank the public for their continued assistance in this investigation to bring justice for Julie.

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    Investigators still looking for tips in re-opened 1987 murder case

    A day after investigators asked for the public's help in solving a decades-old child murder mystery, officials said Thursday they had received only a handful of tips.

    They desperately need more.

    The FBI and Broward Sheriff's Office recently re-opened the investigation into the 1987 abduction and murder of Julie Magliulo. Investigators ask that anyone who remembers any details from back that that may be even remotely related to the case call 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324).

    Magliulo was abducted from near her home in the 6000 block of Southwest 19th Street, in North Lauderdale, on June 8, 1987. Two men found her skeleton in a remote field in western Broward 10 months later.

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    FBI profile of person who killed 3-year-old Julie Magliulo

    FBI profilers think the person who killed 3-year-old Julie Magliulo in June 1987 may have been a visitor or a local who abruptly left the area after the child's disappearance. The killer also may have exhibited the following behavior and characteristics at the time:

    A change in alcohol, drug or cigarette use

    Missed work or appointments

    Intense interest in the case

    Unexplained injuries, particularly on hands or arms

    A change in sleep pattern

    Altered physical appearance, such as growing facial hair or dying hair

    Stopped using personal vehicle


    The FBI is offering a $26,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction. Call 800-CALL-FBI (800-225-5324).

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