Real Name: Rebecca Young Davis
Nicknames: No known nicknames
Location: Belle Glade, Florida
Date: April 1991
Details: In 1982, when Rebecca Young was twelve, her mother was murdered and she went to live with her Aunt Lucille. Tragically, in April 1991, she herself was stabbed and murdered in an isolated sugar cane field near Belle Glade, Florida; she was twenty-one at the time. On May 1, a witness calling himself Antonio called the local police from a pay phone and reported he had been hunting illegally in the same field at the same time she was killed.
He told them that he had seen her arrive in a blue Ford Bronco with two Hispanic men, one Cuban and one Mexican. He observed them arguing with her over what Antonio believed to be money and drugs. She was subsequently killed with a machete, seemingly in the heat of the moment. Antonio said he waited a week to report the murder to the police because he was afraid the murderers would discover his identity and kill him as well. Eventually, however, he realized that because he witnessed a murder, reporting it to the police was the right thing to do.
He told investigators that the murder took place behind a building shaped like an ice cream cone. Investigators found Rebecca's partially decomposed body in the field exactly where Antonio said it would be. She was identified through fingerprints. Eventually, during the investigation, it was revealed that she had been dating a man with obvious criminal ties. Although he wasn't a suspect, police believe that his criminal ties may have led to her murder. It is theorized that her boyfriend may have forced her to work as a prostitute, and that he may have ripped off one of her customers, possibly without her knowledge.
Three weeks later, on May 14, a prostitute called the police to report a local man who was boasting that he had recently killed an African American woman. They soon picked him up, while he was driving his car under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. He seemed sure they wanted to question him about a murder even before he was made aware what he was being arrested for. He quickly demanded to speak to an attorney before he would agree to answer any questions.
Because they had no evidence tying him to Rebecca or her boyfriend, they were unable to charge him with her murder and had no choice but to eventually release him. They have attempted to find Antonio for more information, as they believe that the man they arrested in May 1991 was indeed somehow involved in Rebecca's murder, but need Antonio to help identify him.
Suspects: Antonio recalled in his first tip that Rebecca called one of the men Ricardito, but so far, this name has not led to any suspects. One man was believed to be Cuban and another was believed to be Mexican. They were driving in a blue Ford Bronco with the license plate numbers "7 2". He could not see the rest of the plate.
Almost no evidence against the only suspect in the case ever turned up and he has never been charged with Rebecca's murder. However, he did mention to another prostitute that he had killed an African-American woman.
The police would like to find Antonio for more information on the case. Though they are still uncertain, they believe from his accent that he was likely of Cuban heritage, possibly an immigrant. He told investigators that he called from a payphone because he did not have a telephone at home.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the November 11, 1992 episode.
- Rebecca Young at Unsolved.com
- (1992 Sun Sentinel Article) Leads Sought in Murder
- Rebecca Young at Find a Grave