$9K reward offered for information in murder of Coast Guard member in Riverside

Jacksonville police say woman was killed outside home while confronting car burglar

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A $9,000 reward is being offered for information in the killing of a Riverside woman who was an active-duty U.S. Coast Guard member.

Neighbors confirmed to News4Jax that the woman who died in the shooting was 27-year-old old Caroline Schollaert, who friends said was assigned to the Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron (HITRON), which is a specialized unit of the Coast Guard that handles drug interdictions.

“This lady was serving her country. She was doing good,” said neighbor Billie Fagan. “To have a life taken away like that so quickly is really what makes me so sad.”

The Coast Guard on Wednesday issued the following statement:

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of a member of our Coast Guard family and we offer our deepest condolences to their family and those impacted by this tragedy. The Coast Guard is ensuring support resources are available to aid the member’s family and shipmates as we navigate this difficult time. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is the lead agency for this investigation with assistance from the Coast Guard Investigative Service. We are coordinating with them as they conduct their investigation.”

A Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office spokesperson said 911 dispatchers received a call from the woman on Tuesday as she was trying to confront a car burglar outside her Myra Street home. During the confrontation, while she was still on the phone with the dispatcher, the burglar fired a single gunshot and then ran off, police said. When first responders arrived around 5:40 a.m., they found the woman lying unconscious in her driveway. She was rushed to the hospital but died from her injuries, police said.

Later Tuesday, the Sheriff’s Office released surveillance video that, according to police, shows a suspect before the shooting.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday that along with a $4,000 reward from First Coast Crime Stoppers, the Fraternal Order of Police Foundation is also offering an additional $5,000 for information in the case.

In addition to announcing the enhanced reward, the Sheriff’s Office also released more surveillance footage.

Following the deadly shooting, according to police, the person pictured in the images below was seen running along Rosselle Street and being picked up in the same area by someone driving a newer model Ford Edge, also pictured below. Police said Wednesday that they’re seeking information about the person pictured, the car and the driver. Investigators said they believe they may have information about the case.

“The fact that it happened is senseless,” said neighbor Austin Reinhard. “Everybody I know is definitely shook up.”

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office by calling 904-630-0500 or emailing JSOCrimeTips@JaxSheriff.org. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.

About the Author:

Renee Beninate is a Florida native and award-winning reporter who joined the News4Jax team in June 2021.