- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 29, 2015

MIRAMAR, Fla. (AP) - A reward for information is being boosted to $400,000 in the 2007 slayings of a mother and her 7-year-old daughter outside an upscale South Florida mall as investigators appealed anew Tuesday for the public’s help in solving the case.

No one has been arrested in the killings of Nancy Bochicchio, 47, and 7-year-old Joey Bochicchio-Hauser. Their bodies were found Dec. 12, 2007 inside their still-running vehicle in the parking lot of Boca Raton’s Town Center Mall. Both had been wearing blacked-out goggles and bound with duct tape, plastic ties and handcuffs and were fatally shot, investigators said.

The FBI and Boca Raton police said they have strong indications the killer has links to the Miami area. Soon after the slayings, Nancy Bochicchio’s credit card and cellphone were found in Miami and subsequent investigation has revealed that the duct tape and plastic ties were purchased at a Miami-area home improvement store, Boca Raton Police Chief Daniel Alexander said.

“Maybe someone saw something. Maybe someone heard something,” Alexander told reporters at the FBI’s South Florida field office. “Let’s be candid: this is personal. We care about Nancy and Joey.”

Authorities believe the killings are connected to an August 2007 carjacking in which the victim survived, but was bound in a similar fashion and forced to withdraw cash from an ATM. That person provided information that led to a sketch of a potential suspect, described as a white man between 5-foot-10 and 6-foot-2 and in his twenties when the crimes were committed.

In the Bochicchio case, investigators said they were abducted and driven to a nearby ATM and forced to withdraw $500, then returned to the mall parking lot. A 911 call was received from Nancy Bochicchio’s cellphone by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, but it was disconnected before dispatchers could answer and a return call to her cellphone was not picked up.

Investigators said they have pursued hundreds of leads but hope a new wave of publicity about the slayings might provide something new to go on. The reward is for information that leads to an arrest and conviction.

“It’s getting a new set of eyes on an old case,” said Michael D’Alonzo, FBI assistant special agent in charge of the Miami office. “They are leaving no stone unturned.”

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