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Pasco officials suspect foul play in man's death

BAYONET POINT — The Pasco County Sheriff's Office was investigating early Wednesday the death of a 69-year-old man.

The man's girlfriend and son called officials because they hadn't heard from him in a while, said Doug Tobin, a Sheriff's Office spokesman. Deputies arrived Tuesday at almost 10 p.m. at 12811 College Hill Drive in Bayonet Point for a welfare check and found the body of Kim Cox in his home.

"At this point we suspect foul play in the death of Mr. Cox," Tobin said.

Brian Fickes, 45, answered the door at Cox's home and told a deputy he was staying there. The deputy followed a smell in the home that led him to a body.

Fickes was questioned by detectives and later was charged with grand theft and obstruction of justice. Fickes had been driving around in Cox's van. Additional charges were anticipated, Tobin said.

The Sheriff's Office was waiting to hear from the medical examiner's office, which had not yet determined a cause of death for the victim.

No other details were immediately available.

Pasco officials suspect foul play in man's death 05/25/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 1:11pm]
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