On the morning of October 4, 1974, San Francisco, California resident James Norris arrived on a commercial flight in Miami, Florida. He was traveling under the alias Richard Gunning. Norris was carrying a large amount of cash and was intending to purchase Columbian grade marijuana. That afternoon, Norris mailed a post card to his family from Inglis, Florida in Levy County. That was the last contact they had with him.
On April 16, 1976, skeletal remains were found off of U.S. Highway 19 in northern Dixie County near the Taylor County line. The remains were unidentified until DNA testing confirmed the remains were those of James Norris. In April 2011, Norris’ family flew to Florida to claim his remains and an active homicide investigation started.
The investigation shows that Norris traveled to Citrus County, Florida to purchase his marijuana from an organization operating in that county. The investigation has also revealed the members of that group.
Anyone with information regarding this crime is urged to contact: Special Agent Mike Kennedy, FDLE, Tallahassee, Fla., (850) 410-7450 or Major Scott Harden, Dixie County Sheriff’s Office, (352) 498-3312.