During some Criminal Investigations, investigators might exhaust all credible leads in a case. When this happens, the case can become stagnant or what is typically known as “Cold”.
We are making theses Cold Case Files accessible to the public in hopes that someone might come forward with information that may not have yet been uncovered.
No matter how insignificant it may seem, any information offered in reference to a Cold Case could prove to be the missing link needed to solve the case.
Reward offered: A Reward of Up to $2500 is offered for information leading to an arrest in any Beaufort County Cold Case.
David Speigel (1994): On August 2, 1994, 38-year-old former Marine David Speigel, who worked as a clerk at the Buckingham Pantry store in Bluffton, was found shot to death behind the counter at approximately 2:00 a.m. An investigation into the murder revealed Speigel had been cashing personal checks for local illegal narcotics users frequenting the store for a period of time. Unfortunately, the security monitor behind the counter was never activated and the incident was not captured on video.
Physical evidence was difficult to identify, due to the high volume of customers in and out of the store. It is believed robbery was a likely motive for the crime, but it just amounted to an attempt as nothing was believed taken. Other possible motives were explored during the investigation. Rumors ranging from gang initiations to personal vendetta surfaced, but were not confirmed or eliminated as possibilities. Several persons of interest were identified through the personal checks cashed at the store during Speigel’s shift, although there was no physical evidence linking them to the murder.
If you have any information regarding this Unsolved Cold Case, you may contact Captain Bob Bromage at 843-255-3402, 843-816-8013 or email@example.com. You may also call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC (274-6372) or text the word TIPSC with a message to CRIMES (274637).