Police hope reward jogs memories

A mother of four was found shot to death in a Temple Terrace post office two years ago. The case remains unsolved.

By Staff writer
Published March 14, 2006


TEMPLE TERRACE - It has been two years since Maria Luperon was found slumped over the passenger's seat of her red two-door Toyota Tercel, shot twice in the head as her car sat in the parking lot of the post office near her home.

Detectives ruled out robbery as a motive in the murder of the 52-year-old mother of four. They also said Luperon's ex-husband wasn't a suspect, even though she had gotten a restraining order against him.

A Temple Terrace detective continues to work on the case, which police spokeswoman Paula MacDonald called "very active."

But authorities still have no named suspects, so they are offering a $10,000 reward in hopes of generating clues.

MacDonald said the Luperon case also will be featured on crime-themed playing cards distributed to inmates in Hillsborough County jails.

CrimeStoppers in Hillsborough County is working with local law enforcement agencies to create the cards, which feature brief synopses of unsolved homicides and pictures of victims. The cards include an 800 number where people can leave tips.

The cards recently helped investigators solve a Polk County murder.

"We just want to get this case into the public eye again," said MacDonald. "There may be somebody who knows something out there. We're just waiting for that right call to come in."

Anyone with information is asked to call Temple Terrace police at (813) 989-7110 or CrimeStoppers at (800) 873-TIPS.