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Local Woman Say She Was Nearly Abducted by Jennifer Odom’s Suspected Killer

REGIONAL – A quarter-century has passed since the brutal rape and murder of 12-year-old Jennifer Renee Odom and attempted murder of 17-year-old Carolyn Murray, and with recent news that 55-year-old Jeffrey Norman Crum may be the person responsible for the heinous crimes, peace might come to both families, knowing a monster is behind bars.

On January 16th, 1992, Pasco County detectives believe Carolyn Murray, 17, was abducted by Crum at her bus stop near US-41 and Twin Oaks Drive. Murray was dragged into a nearby shed where she was beaten, raped, and left for dead. Family members found her a few hours later and despite losing a large portion of her brain, Murray survived.

Thanks to Familial DNA evidence, linked to his son Jeffrey Crum Jr., on February 25th 2015, Pasco County Detectives arrested Jeffrey Crum Sr. and charged him with Murray’s Attempted Murder and Rape.Officials recently announced that Crum Sr. is a person of interest in the rape and murder Jennifer Odom, however, Crum has not been formally charged.

When news broke of Crum’s arrest, a Spring Hill Woman, who we will refer to as “Jamie,” says she and a friend were nearly abducted by Crum, while walking on Drew Street towards her home on Casson Street.

Jaimie says she was just 14-years-old in 1993, when a man in a blue pickup truck approached her and her friend and asked if they wanted a ride home. Jamie says they ran as fast as they could through a wooded until they reached Jamie’s home. Jaimie told her parents but doesn’t remember if her parents reported the incident to the Sheriff’s Office.

When Jamie saw pictures of the suspect’s blue pickup truck on the news, she knew that was the same man who tried to pick them up. Jamie described a younger Crum as being unshaven and having oily hair at the time of the incident – she could not remember a clothing description.

Jamie tells RNRF that when she saw Crum’s recent mugshot on the news, she said “Oh my God, I could have been one of his victims.” To Jamie, the picture confirmed that Crum was indeed the man who attempted to abduct her, nearly 25-years ago.

Jamie feels lucky to be alive today and hopes the families of both victims will find comfort in knowing Crum can no longer hurt young girls.

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  • I remember working at the school she attended. It was a complete shock and the community was overcome with grief and sorrow over Jennifer’s death. Such a beautiful young spirit to be ripped away by evil. I have thought of her often and prayed her killer would be caught. We will probably never know how many young girls were attacked over the last 30-40 years. Hopefully they will connect him to other crimes. Let’s hope he goes to a prison that gives special attention to child killers. Other prisoners will give him some of what he gave…..and he’ll deserve every minute of it. Get em boys!

    Wednesday, 22 August 2018, 7:40 pm
  • I was 12 when she died and have NEVER forgotten her. Its really a wonderful feeling knowing she will be given justice. These small towns were even smaller back then and this was something that touched all of us.

    Tuesday, 2 May 2017, 1:41 am
  • Boy, I would really like to accidentally get arrested if I thought I had 1/2 a chance at seeing that scumbag. ??????‍⚕️?

    Monday, 1 May 2017, 7:27 pm
  • This dirt ball looks like Charles Manson just hang him don’t waste tax money ? to keep him alive.

    Monday, 1 May 2017, 10:32 am
  • The apple usually doesnt fall too far from the tree.

    Monday, 1 May 2017, 9:26 am
  • The Murray girl survived..Amen his is behind’s his turn now.

    Sunday, 30 April 2017, 11:24 pm
  • That was such a horrific story and I’ve always hoped they would find Jennifer’s killer. If he did it, I’m glad he’s in jail.

    Sunday, 30 April 2017, 9:56 pm
  • If it’s true we need some redneck Justice

    Sunday, 30 April 2017, 7:51 pm
  • Dear Lord in Heaven. If this is indeed true! that they got the man that killed Jennifer. I will go to heaven in peace. I helped with the search for Jennifer. So very sad.

    Sunday, 30 April 2017, 6:56 pm
    • But the article said she it incorrect,im just curious.either way i hope he rots in prison for what he did if it was him.

      Sunday, 30 April 2017, 10:32 pm
      • One girl died and one survived. Two different incidents. I’m sure there are many more.

        Monday, 1 May 2017, 6:51 am
      • The 17 year old, Carolyn Murray survived. And now they are linking the two cases.

        Friday, 29 September 2017, 10:44 pm

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