On June 25, 2013, around 11:00pm, residents in the Englewood area of Jacksonville, Florida began calling 911 to report a house fire on Mimosa Drive.
Inside the charred home investigators found the body of 83-year-old Robert James (Bob) Levey.
Detectives have not released the cause of death but described Bob’s death as a “brutal murder”. The fire was intentionally set to destroy evidence and cover up the murder.
Detectives are looking to speak with an individual seen around Bob’s house just before the fire was reported. The individual is described as a white male in his late teens or early twenties, 5′-6″ to 5′-7″ tall, 120 lbs, with shoulder length brown hair. He was seen wearing a green shirt, shorts and a black and white backpack.
The suspect may have been injured at the time of the incident and left the scene on foot.
Bob Levey, who retired after working for 37 years at WFGA/WTLV Channel 12 in Jacksonville, was often seen collecting discarded items for scrap and visiting flea markets where he enjoyed socializing and collecting.
Bob’s son, daughter, and former wife speak about how much he is missed and continue to seek justice and answers. They have hosted vigils and raised money to increase the Crime Stoppers reward to $6,000.
This week, Bob’s family and friends should be celebrating his 86th birthday, instead they will continue to struggle with this senseless tragedy and hope that someone with information will come forward.
If you have any information, no matter how small you think it is, about Bob Levey’s murder, please call the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit at (904) 630-2172. To remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at (866) 845-TIPS.
You may be eligible for a reward of up to $6,000 if your Crime Stoppers tip leads to an arrest in this case.
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