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Postal worker’s unsolved murder leaves widow without access to benefits

March 8, 2024


A Central Florida woman says her husband’s murder has led to a cascade of problems, with her now unable to access his pension benefits.

For more than 30 years, Bernard Morton worked for the federal government, most of that time with the U.S. Postal Service until 2012 when he retired with full benefits.

“He paid into it all his life into retirement,” Morton said. “I definitely think if anything happened to him, you know, his family would be taken care of.”

However, just after Christmas in 2021, Bernard’s body was found in Lake Monroe.

Initially, Seminole County investigators worked the case as a possible suicide, but in the weeks that followed, it became a possible murder investigation due to evidence discovered by the Medical Examiner, prompting investigators to send Morton’s body to the University of Florida’s Anthropology Department for further examination.

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