FL Girl Emily Paul Reported Missing 5 YEARS AGO, Found Safe After Family Receives “Letter”

BAY COUNTY, FL. (THECOUNT) — Emily Paul, the young woman reported missing in early 2013, has been located safe.

The Bay County Sheriff’s Office announced the welcomed news that Paul, who has been missing since 2013, was located safe and sound and her missing person’s case is now happily closed.

Deputies say the Bay County Sheriff’s Office was notified that family members of Paul received letters in the mail from her. Captain Jason Daffin then posted a video to Facebook asking Paul to reach out to law enforcement to let them know she was safe.

Deputies say Monday Paul contacted the Bay County Sheriff’s Office. They say after a phone conversation, deputies requested Paul come to the sheriff’s office or police department so officers could verify her safety.

They say about 30 minutes later, a second call came in to the Bay County Sheriff’s Office from a police department saying they had a woman in their lobby who claimed she was Paul. An investigator with that agency spoke with Paul, one-on-one, for a while. Paul said she was safe, she had a support system, and she was happy where she was. They say she appeared to be in good health and she had arrived at the police station by herself and left by herself. Continue reading

FL Worker Dies After Falling Into Vat Of Grease Near Disney World

ORANGE COUNTY, FL. (THECOUNT) — An unidentified worked was killed in Orange County following a freak accident near the Walt Disney World employee area, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies said the victim, a 61-year-old worker, was standing on a grate when he slipped and fell into the large vat of grease.

According to deputies, two employees were emptying oil and grease byproduct from a semi-truck into a vat at a Reedy Creek energy facility located off of Western Way just after midnight Wednesday morning. The facility is near Cast Connection and Property Control, not far from Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Continue reading

FL Woman ID’d As Victim In Tuesday Fatal Immokalee Auto-Vs-Dump Truck Crash

IMMOKALEE, FL. (THECOUNT) — Sonia Matilde Velasquez, Ave Maria, has been identified as the woman killed in a car crash at Camp Keais Road and Pope John Paul II Boulevard in Immokalee Tuesday morning.

According to authorities, Velasquez, 54, was operating a vehicle traveling on east on Pope John Paul II Blvd when she attempted to make a left hand turn and failed to observe a posted stop sign.

Velasquez failed to stop at a stop sign while making a left turn and drove into the path of a dump truck which struck her car. Continue reading

FL Man Jacob Gianatasio Identified As Victim In Saturday Port Richey Fatal Motorcycle Accident

WESLEY CHAPEL, FL. (THECOUNT) — Jacob Taylor Gianatasio of Wesley Chapel, has been identified as the victim killed following a motorcycle-vs-auto crash in Port Richey Saturday.

Gianatasio, 23, was operating a Yamaha motorcycle on U.S. 19 just south of San Marco Drive when the fatal collision occurred Aug. 4 at 12:30 p.m., according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

According to officials, an 83-year-old man driving a Hyundai Elantra attempted to make a U-turn when he turned in front of Gianatasio, causing a collision.

On Saturday, Aug. 4 at 12:30 p.m., James Douglas Pulver, 83, of Port Richey was driving his Hyundai Elantra north on U.S. 19 in the left turn lane just south of San Marco Drive. Gianatasio was riding his Yamaha motorcycle south in the inside lane, approaching San Marco Drive. According to state troopers, Pulver attempted a U-turn into the path of the motorcycle and struck it. Continue reading

FL Man Found Dead In Fort Lauderdale 3rd Ave Residence Identified $3000 Reward Offered

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL. (THECOUNT) — Robert Kenneth Bartlett has been identified by the Fort Lauderdale Police Department as the man found murdered Monday morning at 101 Northwest 3rd Avenue in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Bartlett, whose age was not provided, was found unresponsive around 7 a.m. at a Fort Lauderdale residence.

Police observed injuries consistent with blunt force trauma.

He was taken to Broward Health Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.

Authorities said the man, identified as Robert Kenneth Bartlett, appeared to have injuries consistent with blunt trauma. Continue reading

Woman Snatched By FL Alligator While Walking Dogs Identified

DAVIE, FLA. (THECOUNT) – A woman reported missing while walking her dogs after being witnessed dragged into a Florida lake by an alligator Friday morning, has been identified as Shizuka Matsuki.

Matsuki, 47, was named in a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission statement. The statement said officials believe the woman was killed and were searching for her body. The alligator was located and euthanized. The reptile was said to contain a limb belonging to Matsuki.

Davie Police are searching for an unknown woman after a witness said they watched a gator drag her into a Davie lake near Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Hollywood, FL. A dog was recovered unharmed at the scene.

Officers are searching in the area of Southwest 52nd Street west of Florida’s Turnpike. Davie Police said the witness told them the woman was walking her dog before she was grabbed by the alligator. Continue reading

Marshall Fundaburk ID’d As FL Man Critically Injured After Struck By Flying Kayak While Walking On Lillian Highway

Marshall Fundaburk has been identified as the man critically injured in a freak accident while walking along Lillian Highway, Pensacola, FL., Saturday night.

Fundaburk, 28, was struck by a kayak that went airborne after becoming dislodged from its harness while traveling atop a passing vehicle. The vehicle has not been located and may not have been aware the watercraft had fallen off at the time.

A kayak fell from a unidentified vehicle that traveling east on Lillian Highway. The kayak struck the paved shoulder and then made contact with Mr. Fundaburk causing serious injuries. The vehicle did not stop and continued traveling east on Lillian Highway. Continue reading

Kassandra Morales Palm Springs FL Nightclub Victim Killer Marcus McKinzie Hull Caught In GA

Marcus McKinzie Hull, the man accused of fatally shooting Kassandra Morales, outside La Isla Del Encanto nightclub near Palm Springs, Florida, was taken in custody and now resides at the Palm Beach County Jail as of Sunday morning.

Hull, 29, is accused of fatally shooting Morales, 24, on April 29 at the nightspot located at 1969 South Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL.

He was arrested on May 17 in Tifton, Georgia.

Hull faces a First Degree Murder charge, 3 counts of Attempted First Degree Murder, an Aggravated Assault charge and one count of firing a weapon from a vehicle, according to an arrest report. Continue reading

FL Man 41 Claims Smoked Meth With 14-Year-Old Pasco Girl To Help “Keep Her Off Streets”

Pasco man, Keith Cannon Keller, was arrested after allegedly providing methamphetamine to a 14-year-old in an effort to “keep her off the streets.” He also is accused of attempting to engage in sexual activity with the girl.

Keller, 41, was charged with human trafficking as a result of a search warrant where detectives found what they call a distinct looking glass pipe/water bong in Keller’s bedroom which tested positive for meth.

They also discovered several computer storage cards and thumb drives in the bedroom, On those drives, detectives saw footage of the Keller with the 14-year-old victim in bed.

He is seen handing her the pipe, and she is seen smoking methamphetamine from it, deputies say. Continue reading