08/13/2007

Police cast a wide net in search for Fla. deputy's killer

By Mitra Malek and Kevin Deutsch
The Palm Beach Post
 
POMPANO BEACH, Fla. With little more to go on than the description of a white getaway car, hundreds of law enforcement officials fanned across South Florida on Saturday, desperate to find the killer or killers of Sgt. Chris Reyka, a Broward County sheriff's deputy.

An emergency operations center in Pompano Beach typically used only during emergencies like hurricanes was transformed into the headquarters for the manhunt for whoever gunned down the 51-year-old Wellington father of four behind a Pompano Beach Walgreens early Friday morning.

On Saturday, authorities from across the region streamed into the center, where they received grids of specific areas in Broward County to patrol. By breaking the county into sections, the Broward sheriff's office plans to check every slice of it, over and over again, until the killer is found. Authorities in Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties are also using a grid system.

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