Who Murdered Marissa Karp? Florida Teen's Father Says "I Know Who Did It...Cops Know," 8 Years Later

Marissa Karp Flyer (Broward Crimestoppers)
Who Murdered Marissa Karp? Florida Father Gary Karp Pushes Forward to Find His Daughter's Killer
Marissa Karp Flyer (Broward Crimestoppers)

BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. (CBS) For many the 2002 murder of 17-year-old Marissa Karp, though heartbreaking, has become a distant memory.

Not for the victim's father Gary Karp, who says his daughter's death is still fresh in his mind, and he vows to do everything in his power to see her killer bought to justice.

``While the earth keeps spinning, I am still in the same spot I was eight years ago,'' he told The Miami Herald.

With the 8-year anniversary of Marissa's murder fast approaching on Aug. 19, Karp has raised his profile and intensified his search efforts.

The heartbroken father has been in contact with Broward County sheriff's investigators and has reached out to Fox's America's Most Wanted show in hopes of generating new leads, says the Herald.

According to the Broward County Sheriff's Office, Marissa Karp's body was found on August 19, 2002 when Collier County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a call from a local fisherman who had discovered a plastic bag containing the body of a young woman.

Her body was battered, she had been shot in the chest, stuffed into plastic bags, then dumped into a canal along Alligator Alley.

Sheriff's Office Cmdr. Michael Calderin would not comment on the ongoing investigation, but said the amount of time that has lapsed has been somewhat of an obstacle.

Although no arrests have been made, Karp believes it is only a matter of time.

``I know who did it, the cops know who did it. It is just how to prove it,'' Karp said.