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Clearwater police find two people dead from gunshot wounds

Clearwater police and Pinellas deputies are investigating the deaths of two people at Grande Bay Apartments in Clearwater.

WILL VRAGOVIC | Times

Clearwater police and Pinellas deputies are investigating the deaths of two people at Grande Bay Apartments in Clearwater.

CLEARWATER — Clearwater police discovered a male and a female dead from gunshot wounds in a Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard apartment complex Thursday.

Officers found the bodies at Grande Bay Apartments, 2909 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd., while checking on the welfare of the residents, who had been out of touch with friends for several days, according to public safety spokeswoman Elizabeth Watts.

There is no evidence that anyone forcibly entered the apartment, according to a news release. Police are investigating the manner of death and will not release names until family members are notified.

Thursday afternoon, neighbors snapped photos from outside the crime scene tape as the bodies were removed from the second-floor unit and loaded into a white van.

Many of the neighbors learned of the deaths when police knocked on their doors for questioning.

Barbara Stratton, 58, a neighbor, said an officer told her the case is a suspected murder-suicide.

Marie Rosado, 48, who stood on her balcony and watched officers work, said she often saw the man and woman bringing in groceries. The woman liked to smoke in the vacant lot across the street, she added.

She estimated the woman was in her 30s and the man in his 40s. She did not know either of them by name.

"I could have sworn I saw them four days ago coming up the steps," said Rosado, adding that she's now nervous about leaving her daughter at the apartment while she works.

Several neighbors said the complex is safe, and they were surprised to hear of any incident.

"It's really quiet," said neighbor David Early, 43. "I've lived here a year and you rarely hear of anything happening."

Brittany Alana Davis can be reached at bdavis@tampabay.com or (727) 445-4155.

Clearwater police find two people dead from gunshot wounds 01/24/13 [Last modified: Thursday, January 24, 2013 7:24pm]
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