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Reward Offered For Info, Winter Haven Double Murder at the Rose Motel

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – Winter Haven Police are investigating a double homicide that occurred at the Rose Motel at 815 6th St NW, Winter Haven.

Winter Haven Police Chief Charlie Bird

On Wednesday, at approximately 3:20 p.m., a call was received from the mother of 40-yr-old Timothy Anderson requesting a well-being check be conducted at The Rose Motel. Andersons Mother had not heard from her son, who typically called her daily and she was unable to reach him by phone. Approximately 15-minutes later, officers requested a staff member at the motel open the room since there was no answer when they knocked.

When officers entered, they found Anderson, and 49-yr-old Leslee Umpleby deceased with significant trauma injuries.

A witness who was interviewed reported seeing someone wearing a hoodie go towards the room sometime after 11 p.m. on Tuesday night and heard a commotion, however wasn’t sure what it was and went back into their motel room.

A search warrant was authored for detectives to search the room. The search warrant was ultimately granted late Wednesday night. This investigation is in the early stages and any information is very limited at this time.

If anyone knows anything regarding this case, please call Detective Rod Esteve at 863-287-8210.

Callers wishing to remain anonymous should call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477). Callers are guaranteed anonymity and could be eligible for a CASH reward of up to $3,000.

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