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Tarpon Springs police search home

TARPON SPRINGS — On the same day they were investigating a triple slaying/suicide in their normally quiet city, Tarpon Springs police swooped into another neighborhood Tuesday to search a home in an unrelated killing from January.

Police were searching the home of George Georgiou at 764 Chesapeake Drive in an attempt to find additional information about the murder of his parents.

Police would not say whether Georgiou or anyone else who lives in the home was a suspect in the January killings. Georgiou's wife and 22-year-old son also live there.

On Jan. 4, firefighters found Steve and Flora Georgiou on the floor of their burning home at 504 Chesapeake Drive. Police said the elderly couple had been murdered and the home deliberately torched.

Police would say little about Tuesday's search.

"We are looking for any evidence that will assist in the investigation of this murder," Capt. Barb. Templeton said. "We are not calling anyone a suspect, but the family of the victims live there."

About 3:45 p.m., nearly a dozen police vehicles arrived in the tree-covered neighborhood, where homes back up to a bayou. The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office crime scene investigations team also was there.

As day turned to night, police were still searching the home. They borrowed shovels from neighbors to dig in the back yard. They searched the attic. In a bedroom, officers could be seen removing every piece of clothing from the drawers.

The Georgious were not at home Tuesday, but Templeton said they knew where the family was.

A "For Sale" sign stood in the yard Tuesday, and the asking price for the 2,581-square-foot home had dropped from $479,00 to $439,000.

Neighbors stood on their front porches and watched police go in and out the house. Others walked their dogs. None of them would discuss the slayings. But earlier, residents had told the St. Petersburg Times they were concerned about the length of time it was taking police to make an arrest.

Thursday, police held a meeting with the residents to answer questions and address their concerns. Templeton said about 25 residents came. Tarpon police Chief Bob Kochen was there, as well as the Georgiou family.

Demorris A. Lee can be reached at dalee@sptimes.com or (727) 445-4174.

Tarpon Springs police search home 03/15/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 15, 2011 11:31pm]
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