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Police release photos of some items taken from Tampa man found dead

TAMPA — Police on Friday released photos of items taken from a missing Tampa man who was later found dead in his car eight miles from home.

Police hope the photos of a wallet, watch and golf clubs will help them find whoever killed Emilio J. Martinez-Rodriguez.

Martinez-Rodriguez went missing Dec. 15. His body was found Dec. 23 in his car in an empty parking lot eight miles from his home on W Dallas Avenue in the Wellswood section of Tampa

Police said Martinez-Rodriguez, 34, wore a Tag Heuer watch when he disappeared and Walter Hagen T3 golf clubs were missing from his car, along with his wallet.

His family and Crime Stoppers are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever killed him.

Martinez-Rodriguez was last seen by his pregnant wife, Kacee, on the evening of Dec. 15 before he left to pick up food at China Moon. Police said he returned home but never made it past his driveway. A bag of groceries was sitting in the driveway but Martinez-Rodriguez never made it back inside the house. His car was gone.

Surveillance footage from a neighbor's camera shows a man in a black leather jacket and a white T-shirt near the residence about 7 p.m., when Martinez-Rodriguez returned to his driveway. Martinez-Rodriguez's body was found woods near Orient Road and Sligh Avenue.

Police ask anyone with information about the case to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-8477 to be eligible for the cash reward. Tips also can be reported anonymously at or by text at CSTB plus your tip to C-R-I-M-E-S, or 274637.

Police release photos of some items taken from Tampa man found dead 01/07/11 [Last modified: Friday, January 7, 2011 1:07pm]
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