Sequim dad seeks action in daughter’s slaying in Florida

SEQUIM — There’s desperation in Dan Gellert’s eyes and voice as he talks about the unsolved killing of his daughter in Florida a little more than nine years ago.

Gellert is worried that the trail leading to Charlotte “Amy” Gellert’s killer is so cold, the slaying may never be resolved.

That’s why Gellert, who has lived in Sequim for six years, is trying to convince Florida Gov. Jeb Bush to turn over the case to the Flordia Department of Law Enforcement as a way of bringing it into the national spotlight.

Gellert hopes the national attention will come from the popular television show “America’s Most Wanted,” which solicits the public’s help by profiling unsolved cases.

He thinks Bush, brother of President George W. Bush, could play an important role in getting the case profiled because he and the show’s host, John Walsh, are friends. Walsh lives in Florida, too.

The show’s Web site claims 740 fugitives have been captured because of the exposure it gives to crimes.

Gellert would like the capture and conviction of his daughter’s killer to be another of the program’s success stories.

Gellert, who has law enforcement experience, doesn’t agree with how the Brevard County Sheriff’s Department has handled the case, which is still open.

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