Marion County, Florida (June 30, 2017)- Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Major Crimes detectives and Cold Case team members have closed the homicide case of Margaret Mary Mohrenne (DOB: 08/11/1971) nearly 12 years after her death. Mohrenne was found deceased in her home, then located at the 3600th block of NE 22nd Street in Ocala in July of 2005. Mohrenne’s boyfriend, Allen Hodder (DOB: 01/16/1979) was the main suspect in the case but was not arrested.
After further investigation and consultation with the State Attorney’s Office (SAO), the Florida State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), the SAO began the process of seeking a Second Degree Murder indictment against Hodder. However, Hodder died on March 13, 2017, of a Fentanyl and Carfentanil overdose before the indictment could be brought against him, therefore closing the case.
On July 17, 2005, MCSO deputies and evidence technicians responded to Mohrenne’s residence in reference to a house fire. When Marion County Fire Rescue began to extinguish the fire and enter the home, they found Mohrenne’s deceased body on the living room floor. It was later determined that the fire was caused by arson and that Mohrenne died before the fire started. The Medical Examiner ruled Mohrenne’s cause of death as strangulation and blunt impact injuries to the head, and the manner of death was ruled a homicide.
During their investigation, detectives discovered that Hodder learned before her death that Mohrenne might be pregnant with their child. Hodder gave multiple interviews to detectives, making inconsistent statements and denying his involvement in Mohrenne’s murder. Hodder eventually told detectives that if he killed her, he blacked out and doesn’t remember what happened.
“Now that Margaret’s homicide is finally solved, her family can now fully know who is responsible for her death and have a sense of peace,” said Sheriff Billy Woods. “It is because of the dedication and persistence of our Major Crimes detectives, Cold Case team members, the SAO, State Fire Marshal and the ATF that we can give this conclusion to her loved ones who have fought for justice alongside us for all these years.”