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Man wanted on Hernando murder charge caught in Tampa, deputies say

The manhunt started when a body was found in April, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.
Sean Michael MuMullen, 30, faces a charge of second-degree murder with a deadly weapon, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.
Sean Michael MuMullen, 30, faces a charge of second-degree murder with a deadly weapon, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office. [ Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office ]
Published Aug. 5, 2020

TAMPA — A 30-year-old man was arrested Wednesday in a murder that took place April 12 in Ridge Manor, according to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office. 

Sean Michael McMullen was found and arrested in Tampa by Hernando detectives and the U.S. Marshals Service, the Sheriff’s Office said. He is known to frequent homeless camps in Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando counties, the agency said.

He has been the subject of a manhunt since the April 12 incident at U.S. 301 and Treiman Boulevard in Ridge Manor. A passing motorist found the body of a white man in his 30s laying off the side of the road in the early morning, according to the Sheriff’s Office. 

After several weeks of unsuccessfully searching for McMullen, Hernando detectives on July 28 asked for the public’s assistance to find McMullen. 

Detectives did not disclose what led to the murder, how they identified McMullen as a suspect or how they found him. Hernando sheriff’s spokesman Denise Moloney said she could not discuss the investigation because it is still ongoing.

MuMullen was charged with second-degree murder with a deadly weapon. He was being held Wednesday without bail in the Hillsborough County jail. He will eventually be sent to Hernando County to answer the charges.