Mother of 3 found dead on shrimp boat

Published May 31, 2007

TAMPA - A shrimper discovered a 35-year-old woman's clothed body on the deck of a 68-foot shrimp boat Wednesday afternoon.

Deputies used fingerprints to identify Tamara Ann Musgrove of 211 S 22nd St., Apt. D, in Tampa.

A new crewman found Musgrove lying aboard the Fontuna, owned by Versaggi Shrimp Co., Hillsborough sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter said. The boat was docked at 2633 Causeway Blvd.

Authorities are investigating the cause of death.

Musgrove was a mother of three young children who was married twice, but struggled to find peace almost all of her life, said her sister Shari Church, 44, of Indiana.

According to jail records, Musgrove was arrested in Hillsborough County several times in recent years on charges that included prostitution, burglary, drug possession and violation of open container laws.

Born in Indiana, Musgrove moved to Florida when she was a teenager, Church said, but always longed to go home. Just last week, Musgrove told her sister she was planning to do just that.

For the time being, she was living with three knives on her person, staying up at night and trying to find safe places to sleep in the day, Church said.

"In three weeks, she was going to be back home where she wanted to be, " Church said. "Now I don't know what I'm going to do."

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 247-8200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-8477.