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Man found dead on grandmother's porch

NEW PORT RICHEY — A grandmother who raised her four grandchildren awoke Saturday to find one of them dead on her porch.

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office is handling the death investigation but did not release any other information, except that the deceased was male.

Neighbors and a family member identified him as Michael Stanzione, 24.

On Saturday, crime scene tape cordoned off a large area around the home at 6337 Sutters Mill Road in New Port Richey. Authorities initially called the death suspicious but later backed off that assessment pending the results of an autopsy.

A man at the house who said he was an uncle of Stanzione said his nephew lived there with his three sisters and their grandmother. Their grandfather, who was like a father to them, recently died.

Neighbors said Stanzione cut their yards and described him as "a good kid." They called him Mikey. They said they did not hear anything out of the ordinary before the body was discovered about 9:30 a.m.

A friend, Kevin Roberts, saw Stanzione on Friday evening and said he was in good spirits. He had just been released from jail after serving a month for violating a domestic violence injunction. The friend said Stanzione was changing his life and looked forward to starting a new job painting houses.

"He seemed happy," Roberts said.

Times researcher Caryn Baird contributed to this report. Erin Sullivan can be reached at or (813) 909-4609.

Man found dead on grandmother's porch 09/13/08 [Last modified: Saturday, September 20, 2008 11:09pm]
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