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Remains of 8 found in woods in Fort Myers

Published March 25, 2007


FORT MYERS - Skeletal remains of eight people were found Friday in a woods. Investigators think they had been there for several years but have no answers on how they got there, police said. The remains were found Friday about 25 feet from an unpaved section of an east Fort Myers road, Fort Myers police Lt. Brian Phillips said. Investigators were working to identify the bodies and were handling the deaths as homicides unless they find evidence to the contrary, police said. Charlie Mesloh, an assistant professor of criminal justice at Florida Gulf Coast University and a former police officer, said there have been cases in which cremations were paid for but never done, and their loved ones' bodies were dumped in undeveloped areas.


Drive-by shooting kills 15-year-old

ST. PETERSBURG - Fifteen-year-old Deandre R. Brown was standing on the street early Saturday talking to a friend when a drive-by shooting took his life. No motive is known. There are no suspects. "It is another story of a person being in an area at the wrong time," said St. Petersburg police Detective Gary Gibson. "He seemed to be really just hanging out, doing legitimate kid things." Deandre was standing with a friend outside a home on the 2200 block of Highland Street S about 12:30 a.m. when a vehicle pulled up and a passenger started shooting. A few stray bullets went into a nearby home, but only Deandre was hurt. He was taken to Bayfront Medical Center, where he died. Police would not give a description of the vehicle or passenger. They said they were trying to piece together the basics, where Deandre went to school and why he might be a target, Gibson said. Jacqueline Moorehead, Deandre's mother, could not be reached for comment.


Photograph of victim to haunt her killer

BARTOW - Arthur Pierce won't be able to forget Chelsi Gregory after he gets out of prison. Circuit Judge Robert Doyel on Friday ordered that a large photograph of Gregory be displayed in a prominent place wherever Pierce is living. Below the photograph, Doyel said, must be "respectful lettering that says: 'I'm sorry I killed you.' " Pierce, who pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide for the death of Gregory, a 17-year-old Winter Haven resident, received a sentence that the judge, prosecutor and victim's family all agreed was very lenient: two years in state prison. However, his residence will be subject to search by his probation officer.

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