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Firm's SUV tied to slaying

A vehicle registered to a Palm Harbor company burned in Tampa with a body inside.

Published August 2, 2006

An SUV found burning with a man inside near St. Joseph's Women's Hospital in Tampa was registered to a Palm Harbor cleaning service, according to police.

But no one at the business would give any information about their employees, the vehicle or how it ended up in Tampa on Monday night.

Authorities did not release the name Tuesday of the man inside the vehicle. Tampa police said the Hillsborough medical examiner was waiting for dental records to confirm his identity.

"It is suspicious, and we are treating it as a homicide," said Tampa police spokesman Andrea Davis.

She did not release any other details about the man Tuesday and would not say whether he suffered any form of trauma beyond injuries caused by the fire.

Tampa Fire Rescue spokesman Capt. Bill Wade said the man inside the 2004 Nissan Armada, a version of the Pathfinder, was "believed to be about a 55-year-old Palm Harbor businessman."

Firefighters received a call just before 10 p.m. Monday about a Nissan parked near St. Joseph's Women's Hospital that was on fire. They found it engulfed in flames in a lot at the corner of W St. Isabel Street and N Gomez Avenue.

Police said the vehicle was registered to AA Cleaning Conceptvs Inc. State business records list the address at 3297 Valemoor Drive in Palm Harbor and say it is registered to Carmen Noboa.

The Valemoor address is a white stucco home in the gated community Foxberry Run. A woman at the home would not open the door, but said the owners were not there and would not comment.

Telephone calls from the newspaper to the business were directed to Alex Garcia, who said he didn't know anything about the incident in Tampa.

"I have no idea what you're talking about," he said.

Davis said detectives planned to meet Tuesday evening with relatives of the victim.

Times researcher Cathy Wos and staff writer Ashlee Clark contributed to this story.

[Last modified August 1, 2006, 22:51:24]

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