Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Two dead found in Madeira Beach were 65-year-old couple

MADEIRA BEACH — Neighbors say the man and woman were one of the most popular couples in the community.

The wife, a former nurse, was vice president of the Madeira Beach Yacht Club's board of directors. Her husband, a retired businessman, was handy with tools and had recently renovated the complex clubhouse.

It didn't come as a surprise when no one heard from them for the past few weeks.

The active couple, who neighbors described as classic car enthusiasts, had mentioned taking a trip to a car show.

But when they still hadn't made an appearance in time for a board meeting on Wednesday afternoon, their friends got concerned and decided to check.

They found the couple, identified Thursday as Edwin and Louise Kaczmarski, both 65, dead in their condominium.

Authorities have not determined how the couple died and won't know for sure until toxicology tests are complete. There were no signs of violence in their unit.

There was a group at the complex sick with the flu about three weeks ago, said Bill Pellan, director of investigations for the Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner's Office.

One resident was tested for the N1H1 flu, or swine flu, but the result came back negative, he said.

"I still can't believe it," said neighbor Tess Orlando, who served on the board with Mrs. Kaczmarski. "It's awful."

Orlando, a longtime resident, said she last heard from the couple on May 21 when Mrs. Kaczmarski sent an e-mail saying she had the flu.

"She said she felt awful," Orlando said.

But authorities say another witness who spoke to the couple between May 25 and 27 has told them that the Kaczmarskis didn't complain about being sick at all.

The bodies appeared to have been in the house "for days," Pellan said.

When investigators found them, they were severely decomposed.

Pellan said it will take a while before toxicology test results are in.

"It's so sad," said Orlando, who added that the couple often volunteered around the community, a 286-unit complex that's home to a mixture of renters, snowbirds and permanent residents.

"I just can't say anything bad about them," she said.

The couple's family declined to comment.

Times staff writer Jamal Thalji contributed to this report. Kameel Stanley can be reached at (727) 893-8643 or kstanley@sptimes.com.

Two dead found in Madeira Beach were 65-year-old couple 06/11/09 [Last modified: Thursday, June 11, 2009 11:05pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Photo gallery: First images of the total solar eclipse

    Space

    Americans gazed in wonder through telescopes, cameras and disposable protective glasses Monday as the moon blotted out the midday sun in the first full-blown solar eclipse to sweep the U.S. from coast to coast in nearly a century.

    The moon covers the sun during a total eclipse Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, near Redmond, Ore.  [Ted S. Warren | Associated Press]
  2. FBI warns of spreading W-2 email theft scheme

    Personal Finance

    The IRS is warning businesses about a sharp increase in email phishing scams involving employees' W-2 forms — scams that can put staffers' Social Security numbers and other critical information in the hands of thieves.

    The IRS is warning businesses about a sharp increase in email phishing scams involving employees' W-2 forms.
[McClatchy DC/TNS file photo]
  3. Barcelona fugitive shot dead outside city wearing bomb belt

    World

    SUBIRATS, Spain — A man thought to be the driver in the Barcelona van attack was shot dead by Spanish police Monday after authorities announced he also was suspected of killing the owner of a hijacked getaway car. The fugitive was wearing a bomb belt, authorities said.

    Police bomb squad officers work by a road near Subirats, Spain, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. A police operation was underway Monday in an area west of Barcelona, and a Spanish newspaper reports that the fugitive in the city's van attack has been captured. Regional police said officers shot a man wearing a possible explosives belt in Subirats, a small town 45 kilometers (28 miles) west of Barcelona. [Associated Press]
  4. Man accused in slaying of two Kissimmee officers was well-regarded during time at MacDill

    Macdill

    A man accused of shooting to death two Kissimmee police officers was well-known at MacDill Air Force Base as a Marine who served key roles at two major commands.

    Everett Glenn Miller, a suspect in the fatal shooting of two Kissimmee police officers, was well-regarded by colleagues with whom he worked at MacDill Air Force Base. But his Facebook posts, friends say, show he was becoming increasingly angry. [Kissimmee Police Department]
  5. Recipe for Chicken Wings with Coconut Sweet Potato Puree

    Cooking

    This dish is an homage to one of my favorite Epcot International Food and Wine Festival dishes: Grilled Beef Skewer With Chimichurri Sauce and Boniato Puree from the Patagonia kiosk. A boniato is a sweet potato with whiter flesh and a typically sweeter flavor. I use standard sweet potatoes in this recipe, plus a little …

    Chicken Wings with Sweet Potato Puree. Photo by Michelle Stark, Times Food Editor.