3 bodies found inside Miami duplex

April 14th, 2010 by


http://www.miamiherald.com — Three people — all of whom are believed to be related — were found dead inside a home on the edge of Liberty City early Tuesday, authorities said.
The decomposing bodies had likely been in the home at least a few days.
Authorities were first notified of something amiss about 8:30 a.m. when someone called 911 to report a “foul odor” coming from the home in the 1800 block of Northwest 41st Street, which is just north of State Road 112, according to Officer Jeff Giordano, a Miami police spokesman.
Flies were on the windows, and fire-rescue personnel had to force their way in.
It appeared everyone had been evicted, police said.
It’s not known if the bodies, said to be adults, are people who had lived there or people who were squatting in the building. Police described the building as a duplex with a couple of units.
“We don’t know the cause of death at this time, if it was accidental or a homicide,” Giordano said.
Mayor Tomás Regalado and Commissioner Richard Dunn visited the scene Tuesday morning and spoke with detectives.
“This is a community that has gone through many violent crimes,” Regalado said. “What happened in Little Haiti on Friday and now this shows we need to come with force. We’ll commit more resources so police can do what they know how to do.”
The bodies were of a man, woman and young adult woman. Police believe it was a family after talking to neighbors.
Spencer Brown, 33, was on his way to the store when a neighbor walked up to him. Both had noticed the stench.
The neighbor “opened the door,” Brown said. “We saw the guy lying there.”
Jessica Sturrup, 26, said she had lived next door to a family in the duplex but she had moved out about five months ago. The building had been condemned and there was no water in the building, she said.
She believes the victims were a family — a father, mother and the man’s daughter. She said sometimes the family would come to her house and get food and water.
“They were quiet, they stayed to themselves,” she said.
She said the father had worked at Winn-Dixie and lost his job.
“A sad thing, I didn’t expect to get this phone call,” she said.

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