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Couple slain in Gulfport condo

GULFPORT— Called to an upscale townhouse around 7:15 p.m. Saturday, deputies found a man and woman inside, victims of what they would only describe as "upper body trauma."

The woman was already dead. But emergency personnel detected a faint pulse and ragged, shallow breath in the severely injured man, according to Marianne Pasha, spokeswoman for the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

Emergency personnel rushed him to nearby Palms of Pasadena Hospital, where he soon died, too.

Investigators quickly ruled what happened in unit 6080 of Sun Ketch condominiums a double homicide, and began questioning neighbors.

Authorities provided no further details about what occurred, saying only that a killer or killers were still on the loose.

The condo was the home of the woman who died, Pasha said.

Deputies would not say where the bodies were found in the two-story home.

"We are following some leads," Pasha said. "We are not releasing anything about the victims at this point. We have to look at this as whomever is responsible for this is still out there."

Property records show the townhouse is owned by businessman Gary L. Hanson, 56, of Gulfport. Hanson could not be reached for comment Saturday.

Times Staff Researcher Caryn Baird contributed to this report. Cristina Silva can be reached at csilva@sptimes.com or (727) 893-8846.

Couple slain in Gulfport condo 12/21/08 [Last modified: Friday, December 26, 2008 9:26pm]
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