Six years without an answer hasn’t crushed the hope out of Idey Elias.
Hope that someone’s memory from March 23, 2007, will stir new leads in the search for whoever killed her daughter, Randi Gorenberg of suburban Boca Raton.
Hope that the murder won’t fall into the category of cases forever unsolved.
“I have faith that someday the public will help us,” Elias said. “Hopefully, someone will remember something that will strike a chord. All we need is one little tip. That’s all we need to find this person.”
It was six years ago Saturday that Gorenberg was abducted from the parking lot at Boca Raton Town Center. The 52-year-old wife and mother of two was taken just before 2 p.m., about half an hour after she went shopping at the suburban Boca Raton mall, authorities said.
Her body was found five miles away at Gov. Lawton Chiles Memorial Park on Jog Road in suburban Delray Beach. Authorities said she had been shot in the head while riding as a passenger in her black Mercedes-Benz SUV, then dumped out of the car. The car was found abandoned less than two miles from that scene, behind a Home Depot at Jog Road and West Atlantic Avenue.
The case gained national attention in 2011 when it was featured on America’s Most Wanted in connection with a wanted fugitive, Michel Barrera. A confidential informant and prison inmate told investigators at the time about overhearing members of the MS 13 gang discussing the murder and linking it to Barrera, a man from Miami-Dade County. Barrera remains free and detectives do not have probable cause for an arrest.
There has been no developments in the Gorenberg case, a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said last week. But Elias remains steadfast in her determination to keep the murder case in the public eye.
“This is what I have to do,” the suburban Delray Beach woman said. “Appeal to everyone out there, if they know anything, to let us know.”
Elias said she often thinks not only about her daughter’s murder, but about other families who have gone through similar tragedies that remain unsolved.
She holds on to the memory of her daughter’s capacity for kindness.
“I keep thinking of the legacy my daughter left,” Elias said. “Of her kindness and goodness and her love. I don’t want that go in vain. I think we have to find the persons who destroyed, not her life, but so many lives.”
She said she planned to mark the anniversary of her daughter’s death quietly.
“I know people have walks and they have talks and they do ceremonies, and I can’t do that,” she said. “It’s very hard for me to do that. I think just remembering her is remembrance. … People that knew Randi and loved her have this date etched in their memory.”
CALL WITH CLUES
Anyone with information regarding the homicide is asked to call Detective Michelle Romagnoli of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office at (561) 355-3207, or Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS (8477).