BOCA RATON, Fla. – A family was marking the painful anniversary Thursday of a Palm Beach County mother’s unsolved murder. The question remains: Was the feared Central American gang MS-13 involved?
Sixteen years after a kidnapper or kidnappers abducted a 52-year-old woman in Boca Raton and she turned up dead in Delray Beach — having suffered a gunshot wound to the head — detectives still need clues.
Randi Gorenberg vanished on March 23, 2007, after she bought a CD and shorts at the Town Center, a shopping mall related to a series of abductions and murders during robberies in Boca.
Detectives have talked about the case publicly. Gorenberg’s body was behind the South County Civic Center where a witness saw the dropoff. Her purse, shoes, and mobile phone vanished.
Her black Mercedes-Benz GL450 turned up abandoned at a Home Depot parking lot. Forensics investigators found DNA inside the SUV and stored surveillance video.
A white Chrysler might have been involved. Evidence in other similar cases took detectives to Miami-Dade County and a store that sold duct tape and zip ties.
In 2011, detectives publicly identified Michel Barrera, a fugitive who was associated with the feared MS-13 gang, as a person of interest in Gorenberg’s case.
The cold case had similarities with other cases including the cold case of Nancy Bochicchio, 47, and her 7-year-old daughter, Joey Bochicchio-Hauser. They were also the victims of abduction, robbery, and murder after a visit to the Town Center in 2007.
Detectives asked anyone with information about the unsolved crimes to call Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-458-8477. There is a $15,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case.