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Police identify woman's body found in vacant house in St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG: Police identify body found in vacant house

Police have released the identity of a woman whose body was found Friday in a vacant house.

Ellie L. Mason, 45, was found at about 12:30 p.m. at 2032 Sixth Ave. N. Police said she was discovered by a real estate agent who stopped by to check on the duplex, which was unlocked.

Mason showed signs of trauma to her upper body and appeared to have been dead for several days. Police are investigating.

The one-story home, flanked by Interstate 275 and hidden from street view by another house, went into foreclosure in 2008, county records show. Property records list the owner as a California investment company.

James and Larry Davis, brothers who have lived on the street for a decade, said the house has sometimes been inhabited by homeless people, but they had not seen any recent activity there.

Times staff

BROOKSVILLE: Shooting victim in critical condition

A 31-year-old man was in critical condition Saturday after an early-morning shooting on the south side of Brooksville.

The man, whom authorities did not identify, was in surgery at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa after suffering two gunshot wounds, according to the Hernando Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff's Sgt. Donna Black said authorities received a call shortly after 3 a.m. and responded to the Elks Lodge at 510 Dr. M.L. King Jr. Blvd. Deputies found the injured man lying on the ground, and he was flown to St. Joseph's.

Black said detectives were following leads regarding two possible people of interest in the case.

TAMPA: Dying shooting victim found in parking lot

A man was shot and killed early Saturday morning outside an apartment complex in West Tampa, Hillsborough sheriff's deputies said.

After receiving a 911 call, deputies went to the Waterford apartment complex at 4733 W Waters Ave. They found a man lying in the parking lot after being shot at least once in the chest. He was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital and died a short while later.

Detectives said they do not believe it was a random shooting.

The Sheriff's Office had not released the man's name because his family had not been notified.

Deputies ask anyone with information to call the Sheriff's Office at (813) 247-8200 or Crime Stoppers at (800) 873-TIPS (8477).

Police identify woman's body found in vacant house in St. Petersburg 01/29/11 [Last modified: Sunday, January 30, 2011 2:04pm]
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