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Father of murdered teen continues search for justice

Guardian Senior Reporter

Published: May 06, 2013

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The father of a murdered teenager returns to Nassau today in a search for answers about her death.

Gary Karp first visited Nassau in 2007 to conduct his own investigation into Marissa Karp’s murder more than 10 years ago.

Marissa, 17, was shot, her body stuffed into a garbage bag and tossed into the Florida Everglades. Her body was discovered on August 19, 2002.

During his first visit to The Bahamas, Karp learned that the suspects in Marissa’s death were linked to a drug trafficking ring.

Bahamian Ralph Almanto Coakley, 39,  was named as a person of interest in Marissa’s death. Marissa was living with Coakley in an apartment in Hallandale, Florida, at the time of her death.

Coakley, who is known by the street name Prodigal, was murdered in Fox Hill last month before extradition proceedings got underway to bring him to trial in Florida in connection with a drug-related double murder.

Karp believed that Coakley might have had information about her death.

Karp hopes that the knowledge of who is responsible for his daughter’s death did not die with him.  Karp is offering a reward of $12,800 for information leading to his daughter’s killer.

He has set up the Facebook page ‘Who Killed Marissa Karp’.

He posted Saturday, “Bahamas bound Monday, May 6th. I hope $12,800 reward motivates someone!”

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