BROOKSVILLE — A 49-year-old Citrus County man has been charged with first-degree murder, accused of killing his mother.
Donald C. Wing Jr., was arrested Friday in Georgia, after Citrus sheriff's detectives issued a warrant for his arrest.
While final autopsy results have not been released, detectives have "ample evidence" to believe the woman found dead last week in northwest Hernando County is 74-year-old Janet R. Wing, said Citrus sheriff's spokeswoman Heather Yates.
Mrs. Wing was reported missing Tuesday from her Beverly Hills home.
Based on physical evidence, authorities concluded she was likely killed there and later moved to the patch of woods off Atlanta Avenue, near U.S. 19, where her body was found the next day.
She lived both in Florida and with relatives in other states, but her son "apparently was living with her in Citrus County," Yates said.
The cause of death appeared to be homicide, with evidence of trauma to the upper body, according to a preliminary autopsy.
What took Donald Wing from Florida to Georgia isn't known, but police say he was hospitalized in Thomas County, Ga., before his arrest there.
A spokeswoman for the Thomas County Sheriff's Office said Wing remained in custody Saturday, awaiting transport to Florida.
Tom Marshall can be reached at [email protected] or (352) 848-1431.