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Investigators looking for husband of slain woman

TAMPA — Detectives are searching for clues in the death of a 26-year-old caseworker with the Florida Department of Children and Families.

At the top of their to-do list: find the woman's husband.

Chanet Griffin, 26, was found dead Tuesday in a vacant apartment next to the one she shared with her husband of almost three years, Deon Griffin.

Detectives responded to her home, 7351 Bonita Vista Way, Apt. 102, at 11:10 p.m. after Griffin's mother, Paula Williams of Plant City, reported her missing.

A deputy checking the back of the building found the door to Apt. 101 next door unlocked and Griffin's body inside.

Deputies on Wednesday issued a warrant for Deon Griffin, 34, who was captured on surveillance video selling the 2003 Toyota Corolla his wife drove for crack cocaine on Monday night, Hillsborough sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter said.

Deputies aren't calling him a suspect in the murder, but the warrant issued is for dealing in stolen property and grand theft.

Chanet Griffin, whose maiden name was Chanet Nicole Williams, last spoke with her mother Saturday, as she drove to work in Polk County, Carter said. A caseworker, she's been with the state agency for two years.

She did not go to work Monday or Tuesday. Late Monday, Tampa police found the Toyota, which belonged to her grandmother, on Nebraska Avenue.

Relatives gathered at Paula Williams' Plant City home Wednesday, offering support in the mother's grief over the loss of her only child.

Deputies waited to release information about the case until Wednesday, Carter said, to avoid jeopardizing the investigation. Griffin suffered traumatic injuries to her upper body, but the Medical Examiner's Office withheld her specific cause of death.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at (813) 247-8200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-8477.

Investigators looking for husband of slain woman 04/30/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 30, 2008 11:17pm]
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