Wednesday, November 22, 2017
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DNA tests confirm identity of woman found dead in Brandon townhome

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BRANDON — Almost a month after the bodies of two women were found in a scorched Brandon townhome, authorities said Thursday that DNA tests have confirmed the identify of one of the victims.

She was identified as Jennifer L. Kalb, 23, whose last known address was in a different Brandon complex. Earlier, authorities said the other victim was Lindsay Nicole Greene, 25, who neighbors said lived in the Carlisle Club Townhomes with her young son.

The bodies were found Oct. 10 in the heavily fire damaged unit at 1528 Highland Ridge Circle. Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee called it a double murder and said the blaze was likely set to destroy evidence.

Investigators said the women died from "homicidal violence" but have not elaborated.

Kalb was the niece of Kiefer Tucker, a retired Wimauma resident. He raised her since she was 8 or 9 years old.

"Jennifer was like a daughter to us," he said. "We never referred to her as a niece."

Tucker described Kalb as an outgoing person with "tons of friends." He's unsure of the connection between her and Greene.

A man authorities called a "person of interest" in the case, Charles Andrew Martinez, 24, remained held without bail Thursday on probation violation charges. He was a part-time resident of the townhouse, according to Gee.

The Sheriff's Office has not announced any additional charges against him.

Martinez, of Brandon, has served more than two years in state prison on convictions including shooting into a building or vehicle and criminal mischief with property damage, records show.

Though Kalb's body has now been identified, Tucker said he won't feel any closure until someone is charged and convicted.

"We're still just stunned," he said. "We're still not able in our minds to process it."

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