The investigation continues 5 years after the bodies of men were found in a burnt SUV

The investigation continues 5 years after the bodies of men were found in a burnt SUV

St. Augustine, Florida. Family members of two Saint Augustine men found dead in a burnt SUV in November 2016 are still searching for answers five years later.

No arrests were announced in the deaths of Charles Durden and Stefon Larry. Investigators say they were shot and their SUV was set on fire on Spring Street near Fred Waters Way. The medical examiner’s office later ruled the men’s deaths. The deputies said the cause of death was a gunshot wound and arson.

Investigators from the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office say they have developed a new potential client, but at this point they cannot comment on it.

April Mariani, Larry’s sister, returned to the site on Tuesday.

“I feel like yesterday,” Mariani said. “There are a lot of feelings that come in now because it’s just like yesterday. I remember everything clearly. And it really hurts after five years.”


Mariani makes sure his memory and memorial remain. She is not alone.

A short time later, members of the Durden family arrived. They held a short prayer, during which they read a psalm from the Bible.

They were happy to hear the police were still operating, but Durden’s mother was still in pain.

I am not in good health but by his grace and mercy I am still here. I know God will allow me to see just justice before I close my eyes as he calls me home, said Dorden’s mother.

From this memorial site, the family moved to a nearby location where another man, Lavert Durden – an unrelated person – was murdered two years ago. No arrests were announced in this case.

Anyone with information that could assist investigators is asked to contact the Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida at 1-888-277-8477.

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