Suspect Sought: Homicide

"For Immediate Release"
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Alfredo EscobarMan Wanted for Questioning in Homicide

Polk County Sheriff's Office Detectives are searching for a man wanted for questioning in a homicide that occurred earlier this month. Alfredo Escobar, DOB 2/16/70, last known address of 151 Tilden Lane in Davenport, is wanted for questioning in the homicide of Jose Mejia - whose body was found May 8, 1999, in a wooded area east of Haines City by a man collecting cans. Escobar also is wanted on four warrants: FTA Battery, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Paraphernalia; FTA DUI; Dealing in Stolen Property; and FTA Criminal Mischief. Escobar is considered armed and dangerous. He may possibly be driving one of the following vehicles: a gray Buick, a black truck or 1976 red Dodge truck. Detectives are requesting assistance in locating Escobar - who also uses the name "Jesse." Anyone with information concerning the possible location of Escobar is encouraged to contact the Sheriff's Office at 533-0444. Detective Mike Reckart is in charge of the investigation, and can be reached at 534-6379.

A reward of up to $1,000 may be awarded for information leading to the arrest or indictment of a suspect or suspects. Anyone with information is asked to contact Polk County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS. Anonymity is Guaranteed!

May 24, 1999


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