His paper treated the story based on the merit of the news release -- a small item buried deep within the paper's police blotter. Not knowing the full extent of the story, no other media outlet even mentioned the case.
On the other hand, Randi Gorenberg's case had received extensive publicity. The 53-year-old mother of two had been shot and killed nearly five months earlier by someone who'd dumped her body in a park slightly north of Boca in broad daylight.
The crime was shocking, but police initially suspected Gorenberg was killed by someone she knew. Even though she had been driving a black SUV and had last been seen shopping at the same mall, detectives suspected no link to the Jane Doe case.
John Rulli, president of the Simon Property Group, said mall management provided ample security but had relied on police to advise them. Police gave management no cause for alarm, Rulli said.
That's why Nancy Bochicchio, who had always been a very protective mother, had no reservations about taking her daughter, Joey, to go Christmas shopping at the mall, Bochicchio's sister Joann Bruno said. If there had been more publicity about the Jane Doe case, Bruno is certain her sister would never have taken the child that day, she said.
The two were found shot dead inside the family's Chrysler Aspen SUV, bound in a manner similarly described by Jane Doe. Bruno said she is furious that the Jane Doe case was never publicized.
Duggan defended his department's actions, saying there's no way to know if releasing additional information about the Jane Doe case would have stopped the mother and daughter from going to the mall at the height of the Christmas shopping season.
"The public needs to know that we didn't immediately look at this [Jane Doe] case and say, 'You know what, we've got some concerns about this story; we are done with it'," he said.
Although the investigation continues, there is no viable suspect. However, just last month, the Palm Beach Sheriff's office announced that detectives believe Randi Gorenberg's husband, Stuart, had allegedly been seeing prostitutes in a high crime area for some time. They speculate that it is possible someone could have followed his Mercedes SUV at some point and knew where the family lived.
They wonder if perhaps Randi Gorenberg, who did not usually drive the SUV but was on that fateful day, could have somehow been an unintended victim. Gorenberg's lawyer denied that his client ever used prostitutes and said the whole theory is ridiculous. He points out if this was supposed to be a crime about money, why was the vehicle and valuable jewelry left behind?
So the mystery goes on and the blame game has begun. All three families are suing the mall, which denies responsibility and says it provided ample security.
Police are asking anyone with information about the cases to come forward.