A lot can happen in twenty years

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The case Dateline is featuring on Friday took 20 years to solve. We asked some of the people involved in the episode to tells us where they were in 1994 and where they are today.


In 1994, Dennis finished up a five year stint as a reporter for NBC News in London. He joined “Dateline” full time in May of that year. When not reporting, Dennis can be found at home in Florida with his wife. He buys too many guitars and has stone crabs on Sundays. The Murphys share their house with two former stray cats, one of whom who just sort of appeared, as cats do, and never left.

In 1994, Bob was an investigative correspondent for the syndicated broadcast, “American Journal.” He came to “Dateline” as a producer in 1997. This is actually his second stint at “Dateline,” as he had originally joined the broadcast for its debut in 1992. In 1998, Bob married his wife, Charmian, who became a Dateliner as well, one day after they returned from their honeymoon. In 2001, they welcomed their border collie, Barclay to the family. Son Dorian arrived in 2002 and little sister Gemma made her debut in 2009.

In 1994, Bruce was two years into an award-winning career as an editor for “Dateline.” He started his 30-year career at NBC as a cinematographer. Bruce and his wife of 35 years, Susan, have raised three children -- two boys and a girl. In 2012, Bruce became a grandfather for the first time. Harrison is two and a half.

In 1994, Sabrina was 6 years old and living with her parents and older sister in Phoenix, Arizona. She earned a journalism degree from New York University in 2010. After internships at the New York Post and Us Weekly, Sabrina joined “Dateline” in 2011. In 2014, Sabrina ran the New York City Marathon for the first time.

In 1994, Jennifer Snell was working as a crime reporter for NBC's Miami affiliate, WTVJ. One of the stories she covered was the disappearance of a woman named Lynne Friend. Jennifer broke the story about U.S. Customs stopping a boat dumping a bag over the side the night Lynne disappeared. While covering a missing person's case in Missouri, Jennifer met her future husband, Jonathan Klein who was there covering the case for CBS. The couple now lives in New York and has two children, Jordan born in 2001 and Isabelle, born in 2002. An enthusiastic adventurer, Jennifer has dragged her family from Africa to Argentina and everywhere in between. The family also has a boxer puppy named Charlie.

In 1994, Tim, a newlywed at the time, was three years into a career with the U.S. Customs Service as a Marine Enforcement Officer in Miami doing counter-drug interdiction. Tim now works as the Deputy Director of the National Marine Training Center. Tim and his wife have two teenage sons.

In 1994, Ed Royal was working as a special agent for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement or F.D.L.E., the state's top investigative agency. He was the lead agent on the case of a missing woman named Lynne Friend. He continued on that case until his retirement in 2010, although his involvement in the case was far from over. He has three children, two boys and one girl, all grown. Ed now enjoys retirement with his seven grandchildren. The grandchildren’s fishing prowess is renowned down in Ed’s part of Florida, where even the five year old can bait a reel and pull in big fish.

In 1994, Katherine Fernandez Rundle was already the Miami-Dade State Attorney. The previous year, the mother of twin boys had succeeded the legendary Janet Reno, who became Attorney General during the Clinton administration. If re-elected again, Rundle will be in office longer than any other State Attorney in Miami history. Her twin sons are now 30 and one of the boys, Justin, is an attorney himself.

In 1994, Lynne Friend was supposed to move to Tennessee with her then five-year-old son and new fiancé.

She never got the chance to move, get married, or watch her son grow up.

In 2014, Lynne finally got justice.

Her story this Friday at 10/9c on Dateline.