Truck pulled from Florida river during Hurricane Idalia cleanup may solve 30-year-old cold case

A truck that was pulled out of a river in Florida’s Big Bend during Hurricane Idalia cleanup may solve a 30-year-old cold case.


Human remains were found Wednesday, and investigators believe they may be linked to 72-year-old James Toole.

Toole disappeared 30 years ago during a trip from Alabama to Florida.

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Investigators said Toole, was driving a Chevrolet Cavalier like the one found and cards inside had his name on them.

“It was a little scary because I know how easy that is to miss going down a ramp like that,” said Savannah Cole who works nearby. “And with the hurricane just going out, I thought it was maybe something from recent, but from 1995 it was kind of shocking.”

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The medical examiner is working to officially identify the remains.

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