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Sketch of man triggers dozens of calls to police

Each possible tip regarding the disappearance of a Temple Terrace woman is investigated.

By REBECCA CATALANELLO
Published April 5, 2006


TEMPLE TERRACE - Temple Terrace police say they aren't ignoring any leads in the search for Sandra Prince.

Four days since releasing a composite sketch of a man police believe may be involved in the 60-year-old Temple Terrace woman's disappearance, the agency has received more than 60 leads from people who believe they know who it is.

One from a caller even noted that a recent Jeopardy! contestant looked a lot like the man in the drawing, Sgt. Chris Jeffords said.

As odd as that may sound, police won't excluding the possibility. Every lead is explored by one of the five detectives now working on the Prince case.

"You never know," Jeffords said. "You never know."

Prince was last seen Dec. 30 at her place of employment, the Agency for Community Treatment Services, where she has been a social worker and administrator for more than 30 years.

A door to her Moffat Place home was unlocked when police arrived to investigate on Jan. 3. Her car was parked in her garage and her cell phone was inside.

Video taken at ATMs in Temple Terrace show a masked man attempting to withdraw funds from Prince's accounts in the days after her disappearance.

Police recently tracked down a witness who claims to have seen the suspect don the mask at one of the two banks - Wachovia Bank at 9775 N 56th St., or Tampa Bay Federal Credit Union, 14900 N Florida Ave.

The witness described the suspect as a white male in his mid 30s to early 40s, about 5 feet 11 to 6 feet tall and 215 to 245 pounds. His hair was dark brown and curly, and he was clean shaven at the time of the incident, police said, though they caution that hairstyles can easily be altered.

--Anyone with information about Prince or the man in the video should call Detective Darrin Berberat at (813) 989-7118 or, after hours, (813) 989-7110.