42-Year Old Cold Case Murder Solved; Real Estate Agent’s Body Was Found At Cantonment Home

June 9, 2020

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office has solved the 42-year old cold case murder of a real estate agent found dead at an empty home in Cantonment.

On April 7, 1978, the body of 47-year-old Carolyn Cox Rose was discovered in a house in the Pine Forest Hills subdivision off Highway 297A. Rose, who was vice president of Better Homes Realty, received a call to show the empty home. When she did not return, coworkers went to the home to check on her and discovered her body.

Escambia County Sheriff’s Office investigators launched a full investigation, several suspects were interviewed and investigated thoroughly. DNA evidence was collected on scene, but lack of technology made it impossible to use for an arrest.

As DNA technology advanced, Escambia County Sheriff’s Office investigator Kevin Coxwell partnered with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Parabon NanoLab. Their research revealed Julius William Hill Jr. as Rose’s killer.

In 2007, Hill died in the Victorville United States Penitentiary in California, while serving a 30-year sentence for two different bank robberies.

“We are extending our heartfelt sympathy to the family and descendants of Mrs. Rose. While nothing fills the void of a lost loved one we can at least finally bring closure in knowing justice was served,” Escambia County Sheriff’s David Morgan said.


6 Responses to “42-Year Old Cold Case Murder Solved; Real Estate Agent’s Body Was Found At Cantonment Home”

  1. Josephine R Lawrence on June 30th, 2020 11:14 am

    How wonderful we can catch these individuals now and HOW SAD we didn’t have people like CeCe Moore a few decades ago (and the databases.) Keep up the good work. No one who commits a violent crime should go free.

  2. Lynda Anderson on June 10th, 2020 4:19 pm

    So sad! At least he won’t be able to hurt anyone else.

  3. Richard Holifield on June 9th, 2020 9:26 pm

    I remember this terrible murder..I was working st Lawyers Title and closed many real estate transactions with Carol Rose..

  4. billy on June 9th, 2020 7:49 pm

    Thanks to Kevin Coxwell and the Escambia County Sheriffs Office…..I love you guys. Keep up the good work.

  5. Bonnie EXNER on June 9th, 2020 7:48 pm

    I so remember when this happened because I had just passed my real estate test and received my license..went to work that weekend in a real estate firm in Milton part time..shortly after I decided to stick with my teaching 10 months a year and never regretted it! It is amazing what DNA can provide these days!

  6. No Excuses on June 9th, 2020 6:41 pm

    So glad this was solved. Ms. Rose sold my parents their home back in the early ’70’s. It was a shock to hear she had been murdered.

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