August 16, 2020
By: Staff Report
ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. – On February 19, 2019, Pasco County deputies and detectives responded to the discovery of a deceased man located in Zephyrhills. The deceased subject was discovered in a pond directly behind the Home Depot on Eiland Boulevard and State Road 54.
Investigators eventually learned in the coming days, the decedent was 38-year old Carlos Saint Louis. Carlos had been reported missing in Tampa by his family on February 5, 2019, after learning he had not shown up to work.
Carlos was last seen by his father on the evening of February 1st.
On Sunday, Carlos’s brother received an early morning text message from Carlos indicating he should be home within the next couple hours; however, Carlos was never heard from or seen again. Carlos’ vehicle, a grey 2015 Chevrolet Sonic LT, has since been located and recovered and we continue to investigate leads from the evidence collected during this investigation
From what we know, Carlos led a personal and private life, but he was loved by his friends and family. He was known to volunteer his time and worked with the Broward Outreach Center, feeding the homeless and providing education to people living with HIV/AIDS.
Carlos expressed what a great experience it was to have the opportunity to give back to the community and speak with different people, all with different backgrounds. He said, “A lot in return was given back to me.”
After learning about Carlos’ death, his brother, who knew something was wrong when he didn’t show up for work, said he is “definitely going to miss him” and his plea- “Bring justice to the family because this person needs to be off the streets.” One friend said, “I miss him so much. We laughed, joked, and talked for hours, made ways to be there for one another. Everybody he came in contact with thought very highly of him.” Carlos was also a hard worker.
One of his employers said, “He left such an impression on his coworkers and myself. He was kind, thoughtful, joyful and a pleasure to work with.”
The Pasco Sheriff’s Office along with Carlos’s family continues to seek help from the public.
If you had any contact with Carlos or saw him between February 2 and February 19, 2019, please contact the Pasco Sheriff’s Office.
Crime Stoppers and the Florida Sheriff’s Association is offering $8,000 for information leading to an arrest.
Anyone with any information regarding the identity of the suspect(s) and would like to be eligible for this significant cash reward is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477).
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