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Palm Beach County detectives make plea for help in 2 cold case homicides

Posted at 8:38 AM, Mar 23, 2017
and last updated 2019-03-26 02:38:20-04

Thursday marks the anniversary of two cold cases in Palm Beach County. To help solve them, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office held a news conference to raise awareness and to drum up additional tips.

A $25,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of those who killed Cynthia Moffett.

Lead detectives believes there are several suspects who shot her inside the Forest Oaks Golf Club clubhouse on March 23, 2006.

“It’s still fresh in my mind,” said Moffett’s sister Patti Shrum. “Like it happened yesterday.” 

Moffett was working alone at the time. Detectives say it was heinous attack that only yielded a couple hundred dollars for the suspects.

“She was a kind hearted person,” Detective Jeff Weissman said. “(she) didn’t have any enemies, worked at the golf club for some time. Was well liked by all the people who attended the golf club.”

A heavy rainstorm that day meant it was very difficult for detectives to collect DNA evidence.

“Sometimes her favorite song comes on on the radio, like the other day, and I started crying,” Shrum said. “I know she’s there when that song comes on because I haven’t heard it in a while.”

Even 11 years later, investigators haven’t given up hope. After last year’s appeal to the public, PBSO has gotten many tips through the CrimeStoppers tip line. 

Randi Gorenberg was also shot and killed 10 years ago Thursday on March 23, 2007.

“Please, joggle your brain,” said Idey Elias, the mother of Randi Gorenberg who was shot and killed ten years ago. “See if you can remember something that happened March 23, 2007.”

Even 10 years later detectives with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office are still in the dark. 

Detectives say she was leaving the Boca Raton Town Center Mall. The investigation has eliminated family members as potential suspects in the slaying, according to our partners at the Palm Beach Post.

Detectives still think Randi’s husband, Stuart, may have been the actual target. Authorities said her husband regularly frequented prostitutes in a high-crime area of Broward County.

“Right now we need the help of people,” said Detective Bill Springer Thursday. “You have a murderer walking among you.” 

Nothing will bring Gorenberg back to her loved ones, but her mother is hoping to finally find some closure.

“She was a wonderful mother,” Elias said about her daughter. “She was everything. She was a good wife. She was the best thing that ever happened to me.”

The reward for this case is $15,000. A news conference with family members is planned for mid-morning Thursday.