Case 233

Denise Amber Lee

*** Content Warning: kidnapping, sexual assault ***

When Nathan Lee arrived at his home in North Port, Florida, on January 17 2008, he immediately knew something was wrong. His two young sons were home alone, and his wife, 21-year-old Denise Amber Lee, was missing.

Emergency services soon started receiving calls from around the city. Witnesses had seen a woman being held against her will in the backseat of a green Chevrolet Camaro. When police traced the vehicle to a local man, the race to save Denise was on.



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King v. State

Michael King vs State of Florida



The Detective’s Daughter – Dateline



Sabrina Muxlow’s 911 call after Denise seen fighting kidnapper – Zimbio

Calls of distress – NBC News

North Port mother died as deputies were left unaware – St Petersburg Times

Nathan Lee picks up the pieces – Herald-Tribune



Area woman abducted, missing; suspect caught – Port Charlotte Sun

Murder trial to reveal mom’s 911 call for help – The Tampa Tribune

Search for missing North Port woman shifts to Manatee – Tampa Bay Times

King’s cousin reveals haunting details – Port Charlotte Sun

Experts say King’s DNA found on Lee – Port Charlotte Sun

After two hours of deliberation, guilty verdict on all three counts – Port Charlotte Sun

Jurors convict Lee’s killer – The Tampa Tribune

Link sought between suspect, missing woman – The Tampa Tribune

Charlotte officers join search for comrade’s daughter – Port Charlotte Sun

Suspect charged with kidnapping mother of two, woman still missing – Naples Daily News

Call taker in Lee case requests transfer – Port Charlotte Sun

Body in shallow grave may be missing woman – The Tampa Tribune

Kidnapping suspect described as unstable – The Naples Daily News

Lee’s family expresses gratitude for help – Port Charlotte Sun

Authorities announce death of Lee at press conference – Port Charlotte Sun

Man charged in North Port woman’s death – The Naples Daily News

Denise Amber Lee murdered – Port Charlotte Sun

Family, friends say goodbye to Denise Amber Lee – The Naples Daily News

Police respond to hectic night; extra staffing helped – Port Charlotte Sun

Who is Mike King? – Port Charlotte Sun

A year without Denise – Port Charlotte Sun

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