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Saudi businessman found dead in office

Sheriff's deputies are investigating the death of a Saudi Arabian businessman who was killed Tuesday in his office building on Linebaugh Avenue.

The body of Aladdin El-Egl, 25, of 6423 Monterey Drive, was found about 10:25 p.m. by his business partner, Mohammed Bawaztr, at Brothers International Exports, said Sgt. Skip James of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

Bawaztr, 29, told investigators he was supposed to meet El-Egl at an automobile auction in Lakeland at 5 p.m. Tuesday. When El-Egl did not show up, Bawaztr said he returned to their Tampa office to find the door unlocked and his partner dead.

No suspect had been arrested by Wednesday evening. Police have not cited a motive or said whether anything was missing from the office.

Investigators also declined to say exactly how El-Egl was killed or whether a weapon was used.

Neighboring business owners who gathered outside Brothers International Exports on Wednesday described El-Egl as a quiet, personable businessman who was helpful to his neighbors but private.

Business owners in the area said El-Egl was confronted Tuesday afternoon by an unfriendly man who had visited the business once before and was told to leave on both occasions.

Investigators, however, would not confirm that. They also would not say whether they were looking for that man for questioning.

Brothers International Exports, at 5555 W Linebaugh Ave., has been in business about three years, shipping American-made automobiles to Saudi Arabia.