Tips sought in 27-year-old cold case of Fort Myers man’s homicide

Writer: Derrick Shaw
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David Comparetto (Provided by SWFL Crime Stoppers)

Friday marks 27 years since a Fort Myers man was burned to death in his car in rural east Lee County, and investigators are hoping someone in the know will finally come forward to help solve the case.

David Comparetto was 30 when he left his part-time job at a Fort Myers Publix at around 8:30 p.m. Oct. 16. Later that night, his car was found on fire and his body was found in the trunk. From the very beginning, investigators have felt that the person or persons responsible for Comparetto’s murder may have frequented Mermaid’s strip club, where Comparetto was also known to spend time.

“The answers are out there – they always have been,” said Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers coordinator. “For whatever reason, people who know who did this horrific thing to David have remained quiet all these years, and it’s time for the silence to come to an end. David’s family should not have to endure one more year without seeing justice served. His killer or killers do not deserve one more day of freedom and, most importantly, David needs to finally rest in peace.”

Anyone with information about the 1993 murder of David Comparetto is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477). All callers will remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $3,000. Tips may also be made online at or on the P3Tips mobile app.

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