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Similarities noted in recent murder, attack

By ALEX LEARY, Times Staff Writer
Published May 26, 2005

ST. PETERSBURG - A woman who was found dead Sunday was murdered and the crime has similarities to a sexual battery that happened earlier this month near Campbell Park, police said Thursday.

The woman, identified as Sara Lynn Wineski, 49, was described by police as a transient who apparently moved to St. Petersburg from the Sarasota area this month.

Wineski died "as the result of upper body trauma," a news release said. She had been dead for about 24 hours when found at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at 702 Eighth Ave. S. It is the 14th murder in the city this year, police spokesman Bill Proffitt said.

Police did not detail the similarities between the homicide and the sexual battery but described the suspect in the earlier case as a black male with a dark complexion, 26-30 years old, five-seven to six-feet with a thin build, short afro haircut and unshaven face.

Police ask anyone with information to call Detective Glen Henry at (727) 551-3058.

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