Broward Sheriff's Office detectives search for killer of U.S. Marine

Brother fears his 2 siblings' deaths this year could be related

By Neki Mohan - Anchor/Reporter, Andrea Torres - Digital Reporter/Producer

LIGHTHOUSE POINT, Fla. - When Kevin-Michael Wolfer arrived to his brother's home at Lighthouse Point, he said a police officer told him he could not enter the crime scene until the body had been removed. 

That's how he learned his brother Karl Wolfer was dead. All he knew when he got there was that he had been shot. 

"After 21 years in the military, attaining the rank of gunnery sergeant, my brother had been reduced to the title of 'the body,'" he wrote on a message to friends that was published on Facebook

Lighthouse Point Fire Rescue arrived about 4:50 a.m., on Friday, and found Karl Wolfer dead inside his white Dodge minivan. The driver's side window was shattered. Broward Sheriff's Office detectives determined two bullets likely killed the U.S. Marine. 

They were still searching for his killer on Tuesday. 

Karl Wolfer graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas in 1981 and served at the Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station in North Carolina. He moved to South Florida from New Bern, North Carolina, where he owned the River Bend Market and Deli, served as a town councilman from 2009 to 2013 and later worked at the Bojangles. 

"He had a great reputation for assisting anybody in River Bend that had a need," River Bend Mayor John Kirkland said. 

Karl Wolfer moved to South Florida after his sister, Liesel Annalieth Wolfer, 51, died in April 17. He mourned the loss on Facebook. 

"She was more than a sister to me. She was my buddy and confidant," he wrote. "We had great plans together and I now will carry them on my own physically, but I know she is there beside me."

Karl Wolfer called his wife, who suffers from muscular dystrophy, to let her know that he was leaving J&L Liquors store in Lauderdale Lakes, where he worked. He told her he was going home at 2734 NE 37 Court. Neighbors heard the shots. His wife found him dead. 

Kevin-Michael Wolfer said that he still doesn't have a cause of death for his sister, Liesel Wolfer, and fears that his brother's death may be related. He had a message for the killer: "Your remaining minutes of freedom are numbered. You will be brought to justice."

Detective Barbara Dyer was asking anyone with information about the murder to call 954-321-4210 or Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477.

ABC affiliate WCTI's Nicole Griffin contributed to this story

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