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Man sought for questioning in Land O'Lakes slaying

LAND O'LAKES — Pasco sheriff's deputies on Wednesday released the name of a man wanted for questioning in the death of Diane Yeager-Lombard, 51, of Land O'Lakes.

Two days before she was killed, Yeager-Lombard flagged down a deputy working in her rural neighborhood to file a harassment complaint against a man she identified as Arturo Moreno.

Deputies say that is Justo Arturo Moreno-Gonzalez, 45, a Mexican in the country illegally.

Yeager-Lombard told the deputy on Thursday that Moreno-Gonzalez had knocked on the door of her Bahia Loop home one day and offered to level her driveway, according to a report.

Yeager-Lombard accepted the offer and Moreno-Gonzalez returned every day with more dirt for the driveway and offered to help out with other outdoor projects, according to Yeager-Lombard's complaint.

She became uncomfortable, deputies said. She suspected Moreno-Gonzalez had romantic feelings for her. Last week, she told him to leave her alone, she was not interested in a relationship.

But she said he continued to call and show up uninvited at her home off Ehren Cutoff, the report said. He hadn't made any threats, but Yeager-Lombard said she feared him because he liked to drink and had a temper. She told deputies he said he had served time for assault in Mexico.

There are conflicting reports regarding where Moreno-Gonzalez worked. Deputies said he has a fake ID.

Yeager-Lombard said Moreno-Gonzalez told her he worked in her neighborhood as a subcontractor for Verizon.

Verizon said they hired MasTec, a specialty contractor, to install a fiber-optic network in the Land O'Lakes area and Moreno-Gonzalez may have worked for them or another contractor. MasTec officials could not be reached Wednesday.

Deputies said Moreno-Gonzalez worked for Integrated Drainage Solutions in Bradenton. A man who answered the phone at the company said Moreno-Gonzalez did not work for the company and declined to comment further.

Yeager-Lombard told deputies she did not report the harassment to law enforcement earlier because she hoped Moreno-Gonzalez would eventually get the message that she wasn't interested in him, the report said. She said he had not called her in a few days, but she wanted to file the complaint in case the problem continued.

Saturday, Yeager-Lombard's neighbor heard gunfire and saw a blue truck speeding down the gravel road that leads out of her neighborhood.

Lee Brown said he thought nothing of the shots, as a shooting range is just a few blocks away. When he later saw the woman lying on her porch, he thought she was sunbathing.

Moreno-Gonzalez's last known address was at the Happy Day Mobile Home Park in Auburndale. Residents contacted Wednesday did not recognize his name.

Deputies said they found his trailer vacant during their investigation.

"It's possible he could be trying to get back to Mexico, which has been the case with other homicide suspects we've had from Mexico," said Kevin Doll, a sheriff's department spokesman.

Moreno-Gonzalez has been deported back to Mexico at least once, Doll said.

Moreno-Gonzalez is believed to be driving a blue or gray 2002 Toyota Tundra X-cab truck with an unknown license plate.

Deputies say he should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Pasco Sheriff's Office at 1-800-854-2862.

Times researcher Shirl Kennedy and staff writer Molly Moorhead contributed to this report. Helen Anne Travis can be reached at htravis@sptimes.com or (352) 521-6518.

Man sought for questioning in Land O'Lakes slaying 05/07/08 [Last modified: Thursday, May 8, 2008 3:48pm]
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