Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Body found near sites of 3 unsolved Tampa slayings

Body found near sites of 3 unsolved Tampa slayings

All three rode the bus and were alone when they were shot on the street.

Tampa police said they're investigating a suspicious death in the city's Seminole Heights neighborhood, where residents have feared they are being stalked by a serial killer.

TPD is looking for a suspect described as a black male with a light complexion. They are asking residents to examine video from any security cameras they have. Students who live in the Tampa Police perimeter of Hillsborough Avenue, Nebraska Avenue, Chelsea Street and 15th Street should not leave their homes.

Hegarty said the suspect couldn't have "gone very far, and we're talking to as many people as we can to see what they may have seen".

Police said they believe October's shootings are linked by proximity and time frame, but they don't have a motive or a suspect.

They do not know if it is related to the trio of unsolved Seminole Heights murders, but they are treating it as though it is until they know differently. They have released surveillance videos of a hooded suspect after the earlier shootings.

Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan said the victim, 60-year-old Ronald Felton, was crossing Nebraska Avenue near Wilder Avenue to meet someone. "One, they may be late for dinner". Three, they heard gunshots.

Police believe the murderer is still in the area.

On Oct. 13, victim Monica Hoffa, 32, was found in a vacant lot in the 1000 block of New Orleans Avenue in East Tampa.

"We are going to stay on this until they catch this guy", said Tampa mayor Bob Buckhorn.

"I spoke with a woman who told me the man killed in Seminole Heights regularly helps with homeless outreach, and was out early to get set up", tweeted Meredyth Censullo‏ of WFLA.

Residents and business owners have said there are vehicle burglaries and fights between kids, but nothing like this.

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