Tallahassee Police Department investigators are searching for a killer who murdered Florida State University law professor Dan Markel.
Markel was found shot in the head in the garage of his Betton Hills home on July 18, after a neighbor called police to report hearing a loud bang.
“It was just around 11 a.m., the neighbor literally ran out of his house and called us,” Tallahassee Police Department Public Information Officer Sean Northway, said.
“We got there around 11:02 a.m. so the call was shortly before that.”
Markel was pulling into his garage and talking on his cell phone when he was shot, according to ABC News.
Emergency responders rushed Markel to a nearby hospital. The father of two was pronounced dead about 14 hours later, according to friend and neighbor Reggie Garcia.
No suspects or persons of interest have been named.
Tallahassee police are asking for the public’s help identifying a silver Toyota Prius that was driving near Markel’s home around the time of the murder.
“Where Markel lives is right off of a main road and we were able to obtain some video surveillance,” Northway said.
Investigators say there was no evidence of forced entry into Markel’s home.
“It does not appear to be a robbery or burglary turned bad, but that could change at any time,” Northway said.
On Monday, Tallahassee police said they also want to talk to anyone who may have seen Markel on July 17 or 18 in these areas:
• The corridor of Interstate 10 (I-10) and Thomasville Road possibly near commercial/retail establishments
• In the area of Tharpe Street and Mission Road
• The surrounding area of the FSU Law School
• In the area of the Congregation Shomrei Torah Home located at 4858 Kerry Forest Parkway
Police say Markel would have been driving a 2008 black Honda accord with Florida license plate 534YBM.
Markel was divorced from Wendi Adelson, also a law professor, in July 2013. The former couple shared parental responsibility for their two sons.
“She is a basket case, distraught, very emotional,” Adelson’s attorney Jim Judkins told CNN.
Anyone with information about Markel’s whereabouts or the vehicle in question is asked to call CrimeStoppers at (850) 574-TIPS. All information is confidential. A $3,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest in offered in the case.