Anonymous donor gives $5,000 to help solve 45-year-old cold case murders of Demetra and Nick Jeatran

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Demetra and Nick Jeatran were murdered inside their home at 1135 Jackson Road in Clearwater on December 24, 1968. Their slayings remain unsolved.



Clearwater, Florida -- An anonymous donor has put forward $5,000 in an effort to help solve a double murder from almost a half-century ago.

Clearwater police say on Christmas Eve back in 1968, a Clearwater couple was found savagely beaten in their home near Drew Street, the victims of an apparent burglary.

74-year-old Demetra Jeatran died at the scene. Her husband, 82-year-old Nick Jeatran, died three days later at the hospital.

Now almost 45 years to the day of the crime, an anonymous donor is offering $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest in the case. Tipsters are also eligible for a $1,000 reward from Crime Stoppers, bringing the total reward to $6,000 in the Jeatran case.

Police say the slayings are among the city's oldest unsolved murders.  Cold-case detectives continue to review files, submit new evidence for analysis and check out new leads in all of Clearwater's unsolved homicides.

Earlier this year, police made an arrest in the cold case murder of taxi cab driver Jack LaGrand. Detectives are hoping with the public's help, they can close the book on yet another cold case and bring closure to the victims' families.

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