Mother’s Passing Recalls Memories of 11-Year-Old Murder Victim, Carlie Brucia

Lee Herald Favicon 16Thirteen years have rushed by since the February 1, 2004 disappearance of Sarasota 11-year-old, Carlie Brucia.

The surveillance video depicting the young girl walking from a Sarasota car wash remains vivid, to many, as does the child’s cheerful demeanor.

Despite a 2014 appeal that was denied by the Florida Supreme Court, Joseph Peter Smith, 51, sits on death row at the Union Correctional Institute in Raiford, Florida.

Charged with and convicted of First-Degree Murder, Sexual Battery on a Victim Less than 12 Years-of-Age, Kidnapping and Cocaine Possession, Smith awaits execution in his Union County cell.

Susan Schorpen, 47, struggled with drug and criminal issues after her daughter’s murder.

The Polk County Medical Examiner has not released information regarding cause of death.

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