Authorities are ramping up their efforts to solve a 28-year-old cold case and have increased the reward to $8000 for information that leads to whoever is responsible for the 2002 murder of a Fort Myers woman.
The last time anyone had seen Christina was on June 18, when she went into her bedroom to go to sleep around 3:30 AM. Christina was last seen in the Page Park subdivision Fort Myers.
Christina Wilson had a then 2-year-old son who on June 18 had spent the night with his father, Joshua Pepe.
Christina’s parents knew instinctively that there was something wrong right away. The family was concerned because they said Christina would never leave for more than a day without letting someone know.
“She never would have not called and checked on her baby,” Christina’s mother Paula Wilson said.
On June 21, 2002, Christina Wilson, 20, a Fort Myers, Florida was reported missing by her family. At the same time, friends and family searched the area. They drove through Pine Manor. They posted pictures everywhere they thought someone may have had the possibility of seeing her.
On June 23, two days after Christina’s parents reported her missing, a man walking his dog in the Hunter’s Park area of Pine Manor found the body of a woman. Law enforcement determined the woman’s death to be a homicide. Authorities took fingerprints and identified the deceased woman as Christina Wilson.
The case eventually went cold. In 2015, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office set up a dedicated Facebook page toward solving the cold case, offering a reward of $1000.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Sheriff’s Association both want to see this in 28-year-old cold case solved.
In hopes of spurring someone to come forward with information, the reward has been increased from a previous $1000 to $8000, with the Florida’s Sheriff’s Association putting up $5000 and Crime Stoppers adding an additional $3000.
“Despite the time that has passed, it is never too late to do the right thing and come forward,” said Crime Stoppers Coordinator Trish Routte. “People change, relationships change and hopefully the offering of more reward money will motivate people in the know to help provide justice for Christina all these years later.”
Anyone with any information on the murder of Christina Wilson is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477). All callers will remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $8000.