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BCSO looking for leads in 1994 Bluffton cold case murder

(Source: Beaufort County Sheriff's Office) (Source: Beaufort County Sheriff's Office)
BEAUFORT CO., SC (WTOC) -

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office is looking leads in a cold case murder that took place in Bluffton back in 1994. 

Investigators say 38-year-old Marine David Speigel, who worked as a clerk at the Buckingham Pantry store, was found shot to death behind the counter around 2 a.m. on Aug. 3, 1994. An investigation into the murder revealed that Speigel had been cashing personal checks for local illegal narcotics users who frequented the store for a period of time. Unfortunately, the security monitor behind the counter was never activated, so it wasn't captured on video. 

Due to the high volume of customers coming in and out of the store, investigators say it was difficult to identify physical evidence. They believe robbery was a likely motive for the crime, but it amounted to an attempt since it's believed nothing was taken. Other possible motives were explored during the investigation, including rumors ranging from gang initiations to personal vendetta surfaced, but weren't confirmed or eliminated as possibilities. Several persons-of-interest were identified through the personal checks cashed at the store during Speigel's shift, but there was no physical evidence linking them to the murder. 

If you have any information regarding this unsolved cold case, please contact Captain Bob Bromage at 843.255.3402, 843.816.8013, robertb@bcgov.net, or CrimeStoppers. 

A reward of up to $2,500 is offered for information leading to an arrest in any Beaufort County Cold Case. 

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