Thursday, April 19, 2018
Public safety

Slain doctor's family offers $25,000 reward in Tarpon Springs case

TARPON SPRINGS — The family of a 74-year-old doctor killed inside his home last month is offering a $25,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest in his slaying.

On May 28, Dr. Steven Patlin Schwartz's wife arrived at their home at 1310 Belcher Drive and found the house in disarray. Fearing a burglary, she called police. Inside, police dogs found Schwartz's body near the garage.

His fatal injuries were described by Tarpon Springs police as "upper body trauma."

Police have released few details of the investigation since Schwartz's slaying, disclosing only that detectives think the doctor was targeted.

Tarpon Springs police Chief Robert Kochen declined to say Tuesday if detectives had any suspects or persons of interest, as well as how many leads they've received.

Since Schwartz's death, the department has added extra patrolling to the neighborhood, but Kochen said that is only for the "peace of mind" of residents.

"Any time you have a homicide like this, it definitely affects the neighborhood, so we are constantly trying to assure the neighborhood that this is a targeted event," he said.

"I've talked to several neighbors out there personally. We believe they are safe and we continue to do our investigation."

Crime Stoppers has also offered a reward this month of up to a $1,000 reward for information in the case.

The Tarpon Springs Police Department asks anyone with information to contact Det. John Diebel at (727) 938-2849 or [email protected]

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