Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Body of woman found on shore near Gandy Bridge

ST. PETERSBURG — A woman's body was found on the beach near the Gandy Bridge Thursday morning.

A passer-by found the body of Pamela Sue Simon, 51, about 7 a.m. in a small inlet near a group of mangroves at 13090 Gandy Blvd., Pinellas sheriff's officials said.

Detectives were trying to determine Simon's cause of death, but an initial investigation found no sign of foul play.

Simon's body was taken to the Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy. Authorities believe her death might have been the related to alcohol or drug use or an unspecified medical condition, officials said.

Simon, who lived most recently in a St. Petersburg mobile home park, made headlines in 2007 when she was charged with stabbing her husband to death in Largo.

On June 23 of that year, Simon called 911 to report a domestic disturbance. She told dispatchers that she had argued with her husband, Robert Penders, 50, in the home they shared off Ridge Road. She said she was worried Penders was going to hurt her.

When police arrived, they found Simon standing on the front lawn covered in blood, according to reports. Penders was inside bleeding from a stab wound to his neck. He later died.

Simon was charged with second-degree murder, but later pled guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter and served about three years in prison.

She was released in 2011 and was on probation at the time of her death.

Times staff writer Meredith Rutland contributed to this report.

Body of woman found on shore near Gandy Bridge 02/21/13 [Last modified: Thursday, February 21, 2013 11:19pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Rays exhausted but happy after 15-inning win over Twins (w/video)

    The Heater

    MINNEAPOLIS — Before the Rays eventually won Sunday's 6½-hour, 15-inning marathon against the Twins 8-6, they did plenty to lose it. And we need to get that out of the way first.

    The Rays’ Evan Longoria enjoys a laugh after scoring, barely, to tie it in the ninth on Steven Souza Jr.’s two-out single.
  2. Tom Jones' Two Cents: ABC's Indy 500 coverage is stellar again

    TV and Radio

    Times columnist Tom Jones looks back at the best and worst from a weekend of televised sports.

    Best coverage

    Takuma Sato left, celebrates after winning the Indianapolis 500 as Helio Castroneves is a little late passing him. ABC’s coverage of the race is stellar throughout, with plenty of extras but no fake drama.
  3. Takuma Sato surprise winner of wreck-filled Indy 500

    Auto racing

    INDIANAPOLIS — Takuma Sato, a journeyman driver, became the first Japanese winner of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday when he held off three-time champion Helio Castroneves in a 230-mph wheel-rubbing duel to the finish.

    Scott Dixon’s car goes over the top of Jay Howard, soaring so high that Helio Castroneves drove under it while it was airborne. Stunningly, there were no serious injuries.
  4. South Korea military: North Korea fires unidentified projectile


    SEOUL — North Korea launched a ballistic missile early today that flew 280 miles and landed in Japan's exclusive economic zone, the South Korean military and the Japanese government said.

    S. Korean President Moon Jae-in is assessing the launch.
  5. Rays blow lead, rally, blow lead, rally again to beat Twins in 15 (w/video)

    The Heater

    MINNEAPOLIS — The Rays sure made it interesting Sunday, taking an early lead, watching their beleaguered bullpen blow it, rallying to tie in the ninth, battling the Twins to take a lead in the 14th then giving it up again.

    MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MAY 28: Evan Longoria #3 of the Tampa Bay Rays celebrates scoring a run against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of the game on May 28, 2017 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) 700010990