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Homicide Investigation Underway In Lakeland, Police Confirm

August 9, 2020

By: Staff Report

LAKELAND, Fla.- Lakeland Police Department Detectives have confirmed the death investigation reported earlier this morning is now a homicide investigation. Shortly after 3:00 a.m., an officer made a forced entry into a residence near the 1500 block of West Highland Street. The officer was following up on a wellness check request from a family member who had not heard from the victims in days. While searching the residence, located inside the King’s Manor Mobile Home Park on the northside of West Highland Street, the officer located two adult victims inside who were deceased.

1500 Block of West Highland Street Lakeland

The victims, a 69-year-old man, and a 72-year-old female were a married couple who lived in the residence. Detectives are not yet releasing the manner in which they died. It appeared that the victims had been deceased for multiple days. Although very early in the investigation, preliminary evidence suggests the victims knew their attacker. Detectives continue to interview family members and possible witnesses related to the case. The identity of the victims or the specific address of their residence will not be released in accordance with Marsy’s law.

This is an active and open investigation, and updates will be provided as additional information becomes available for release. No other details will be released at this time to protect the integrity of the investigation.

Anyone with information related to the case is encouraged to contact Detective Russ Hurley at 863.834.8973 or Russell.Hurley@Lakelandgov.net. To remain anonymous, contact Heartland Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-226 TIPS (8477), visit www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com and click on “Submit A Tip,” or download the free “P3tips” app on a smartphone or tablet.

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