Father hoping to find daughter's killer
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) -- The father of a teen who was murdered 11 years ago hopes new information may lead to his daughter's killer.
Gary Karp's daughter, Marissa Karp, was 17 years old when her body was found stuffed in a garbage bag in the Everglades back in 2002. Her father is now teaming up with two other grief-stricken dads in hopes of finding her killer. "Tragedy seems to unite people in different ways. These guys, we understand each other. We feel each other's pain, and we draw from each other's courage," said Karp.
Karp said, "My daughter is gone. She was murdered. Unfortunately, same thing with Christian Aguilar, Carlos' son, but each of us brings something different to the table. I understand what each of them have gone through."
Karp is teaming up with Carlos Aguilar and Patrick Sessions in hopes of finding new information in Marissa's case. "My world stopped spinning Aug. 19, 2002. It doesn't get easier," said Karp.
Aguilar's son, Christian Aguilar, was drugged and murdered by a friend in 2012 while away at the University of Florida. Sessions' daughter, Tiffany Sessions, was also a college student at UF when she disappeared back in 1989. No arrest was ever made in connection to her disappearance, and her body was never found. "You can say you understand what we've gone through, but unless you've lost a child particularly in a violent way, you really had to have been there," said Sessions.
Now, 23 years after Tiffany's murder, Sessions is hoping to help Karp. "The good news about this case, which it wasn't in Tiffany's case, for a long time, although we are working on some leads right now, is that we have a good idea what happened here and who was involved. Hopefully, we can focus, and they have focused on, as he said, what happened in that apartment, and who may know anything about that," said Sessions.
Marissa's boyfriend at the time was recently murdered in Bahamas, a few months back. Detectives are hoping people will come forward with any clues since this latest development. "She was shot inside the apartment, transported to Collier County by two brothers," said Broward Sheriff's Office Detective John Curcio. "We are just trying to get information as to what happened inside the apartment that caused her to be shot."
According to police, anyone with information on the murder may be eligible for a reward up to $16,000. Sessions and Aguilar have also vowed to add $1,000 each to the reward for anyone with information that may lead to an arrest of Marissa Karp's murderer.
Karp just wants peace for his daughter and vows to continue to search for answers until her murderers are brought to justice. "Pick up the phone if you want to call for the reward or if you have a conscience or just have a tip that you think might help us," he said.
If you have any information on this crime, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for the reward.
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