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Investigation Continues Into 2011 Golden Gate Double Murder Case 

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Eighteen months ago, someone pulled a trigger multiple times, leaving behind the bodies of Carmen Mercedes Perez-Stolts and Ludwig Volksheimer and a Collier County crime mystery that remains unsolved.

The bodies of 81-year-old Perez-Stolts and her 71-year-old boyfriend Volksheimer were discovered inside the home they shared at 5770 Sea Grass Lane in Golden Gate on Sept. 13, 2011. cold case - sea grass lane 1

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office’s efforts to track down their killer or killers continue.

A person of interest has been developed through the investigation, but no arrest has been made, said Detective Andrew Henchesmoore, the lead investigator in the case.

“We’re still moving forward with the investigation,” Detective Henchesmoore said.

Detective Henchesmoore said he believes the couple was shot sometime the morning of Sept. 13, 2011.
The day of the murders Detective Henchesmoore responded to the residence and met with the deputies on scene. Deputies advised him they had been dispatched to a suspicious incident and upon their arrival they discovered two deceased persons inside.

Henchesmoore obtained a search warrant for the residence and began his investigation.

He found Perez-Stolts and Volklsheimer deceased on the bed in the master bedroom. cold case - sea grass lane 2

The crime scene unit responded and began processing the scene for evidence. A neighborhood canvass was also conducted.

Courtney Edward Woode, 51, the son of Carmen Perez-Stolts, told Detective Henchesmoore that the last time he saw his mother and Volksheimer alive was around 9:30 p.m. the night before the murders. He said he left the residence, which he shared with the couple, and spent the night at his girlfriend’s house in East Naples.

Woode told Detective Henchesmoore that he spoke to his mother over the telephone around 9 a.m. the following day and nothing seemed out of the ordinary. Woode then went to work and tried to call his mother several times throughout the day without any success. Woode became concerned and decided to visit his mother’s home. Upon his arrival he found the couple on bed in the master bedroom. Woode said there was a lot of blood on the bed and it appeared that the victims had been stabbed.

Further investigation revealed both victims had been shot multiple times, Detective Henchesmoore said.

No witnesses were ever developed, and Detective Henchesmoore continues to search for clues.

“I believe someone has information about this case that could give us the break we need to make an arrest,” Detective Henchesmoore said.

Anyone with information about this case, please contact the Collier County Sheriff’s Office at (239) 252-9300, or Crime Stoppers at 1.800.780.TIPS (8477). 
 
Click here to watch a video of Detective Andrew Henchesmoore discussing this case