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Sketch describes salvage yard slaying suspect

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 28, 2001

TAMPA -- Authorities have released a computerized composite sketch of a man they think slit the throat of Buford Von Hamilton, 57, killing him.

Hamilton was found dead Saturday morning next to the camper where he lived in a salvage yard at 4917 Austin St. His white Chevy pickup was later found abandoned miles away from the salvage yard in a Burger King parking lot at N 50th Street and Columbus Drive.

Witnesses told detectives they saw two black males getting out of the truck. A detailed description was given of one of the men, and investigators released a composite drawing of that suspect Tuesday. The witness said he was in his 20s, 5 feet 8 to 5 feet 11, 160 pounds, with short black hair in small dreadlocks and an earring in his right ear. Anyone with any information about the suspect or the crime should call Crimestoppers at 1-(800) 873-TIPS (873-8477).

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