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PGPD turns to new technology to solve high...

Posted at 1:46 AM, Dec 21, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-21 01:46:39-05

The investigation into a high-profile murder continues as the Punta Gorda Police Department joins forces with the Lee County Sheriff's Office to solve the murder of Kyle Farishian, . Farishian was the 18 year old clerk whose body was found inside the 7-Eleven on Bal Harbour Boulevard on November 1st.

PGPD is turning to new technology to catch the killer. Investigators say the person who killed him most likely torched the building to cover his tracks.

On Saturday investigators will be using new 3D mapping technology to digitally assess the crime scene in hopes of cracking this case.

Do these new efforts mean this case has gone cold?

FOX 4 took that question straight to the Punta Gorda Police Chief.

"This is certainly not a cold case."Chief Tom Lewis said. "We are actively investigating leads in the case. We believe we’re going in the right direction. This is simply going to strengthen what we already know.”

Chief Lewis says the advanced technology of 3D mapping will help lead him to the killer.
"We’re hoping with these 3D images we’ll be able to take a look at the person in the video, take those known measurements and be able to actually give us an exact height on the suspect , the width of their hips, the width of their shoulders, how long his arms are, his legs.”

He adds digital mapping will held match recorded measurements existing suspects.

"If we have a known suspect or somebody we suspect could potentially be we can do the exact same thing with that person to see if those two people match up,”Lewis said.

Residents in Punta Gorda Isles can expect the parking lot area around 7-Eleven to be closed to pedestrian traffic around 10 a.m.