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Predawn intruder kills husband, ties up wife

Officials mark off an area around Joseph and Roberta Wido’s home on Quimby Drive, where Joseph Wido was killed Thursday.

BRENDAN FITTERER | Times

Officials mark off an area around Joseph and Roberta Wido’s home on Quimby Drive, where Joseph Wido was killed Thursday.

PORT RICHEY — The intruder entered the white house with a peach-colored roof in the Timber Oaks neighborhood about 2 a.m. Thursday. An elderly couple slept inside.

And then, for reasons investigators are still trying to determine, the intruder killed Joseph Wido, 82, a retired meat supplier from New Jersey. He tied up Roberta Wido, 79, then left her in the couple's bedroom — until a neighbor discovered her about 10 hours later.

Paramedics treated her at the scene about noon for minor injuries from being bound for so long.

Authorities blocked off a large area around the home with yellow tape and began searching for the intruder.

The Sheriff's Office would not say Thursday how Joseph Wido died or why the intruder went to the home at 10519 Quimby Drive, where the Widos had lived for 20 years.

News of the murder jarred Timber Oaks, a tidy, tree-lined community built for seniors.

"I've been here for five years and this is the first I've heard of a murder," said Paul Silvage, vice president of the Timber Oaks Community Services Association. "It's a very quiet community."

Joe Mazorra lives a few steps from the Widos. He used to play golf with Joseph Wido and several others at the neighborhood links.

"They were pleasant, outgoing, tried to be helpful," Mazorra said Thursday.

To be sure, neighbors did not recall any instances of serious crime in the neighborhood.

"There's some vandalism with teenagers, but nothing like this in the years I've been here," said Mazorra, who moved here 11 years ago. "I'm very disturbed that this would occur here."

Deputies will patrol the neighborhood for at least the next few days, sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll said.

Timber Oaks stopped its own volunteer crime patrol several years ago because fewer residents volunteered, Silvage said. After Thursday's incident, the community association may bring the patrol back.

"It is something that, yes, we will definitely be looking at and discussing," Silvage said. "This is a real shock that something like this would happen in our community."

Nomaan Merchant can be reached at nmerchant@sptimes.com or (727) 869-6244.

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About the killer

Authorities described the intruder wanted in Thursday's slaying as a white man 35 to 40 years old, 5-foot-9, about 170 pounds, with dark hair, dark eyes and dark eyebrows. The man was wearing a white T-shirt, blue jeans, red cloth gloves, and a bandanna or rag over his nose and mouth.

If you have any information about the murder, contact the Pasco Sheriff's Office toll-free at 1-800-854-2862.

Predawn intruder kills husband, ties up wife 08/28/08 [Last modified: Thursday, September 4, 2008 5:18pm]

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