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Man arrested in death of woman found stabbed, naked in Tampa parking lot

TAMPA — Police have arrested a 28-year-old Tampa man in the stabbing death of a woman found naked in a parking lot early Thursday.

Elizabeth Ann Kain, 30, was rushed to St. Joseph's Hospital, where she died of her injuries.

She was unresponsive and suffering from multiple stab wounds when police arrived at the west parking lot of ACE Cash Express, 8800 N Florida Avenue, just after 1 a.m.

That's also where they found Jeremy Reinert of Tampa, officials said.

Reinert was taken in for questioning as a person of interest in the investigation.

He was later arrested and booked into the Hillsborough County Jail on charges of second-degree murder with a weapon.

Police suspect Reinert stabbed Kain with a pocket knife found in his possession.

Police spokesman Jim Contento said the two reportedly had met at a function at a nearby church building and left together.

It did not appear the two had been involved in any sort of criminal activity prior to the stabbing, Contento said.

Joseph Heitman, who owns BJ's Custom Auto Upholstery across the street from the scene of the crime, said his brother heard loud arguing in the parking lot overnight.

Employees at ACE Cash Express, which was open all night, declined to comment.

Reinert, who has no listed Florida address, has spent time in jail in Washington state.

In 2002, Reinert served nearly a year for assault and a year later was sentenced to 90 more days for domestic violence.

The investigation is ongoing.

Times news researcher John Martin and staff photographer Kathleen Flynn contributed to this report. Contact Marissa Lang at or (813) 226-3386.

Man arrested in death of woman found stabbed, naked in Tampa parking lot 12/15/11 [Last modified: Thursday, December 15, 2011 9:20pm]
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