Suspect Sought: Homicide

"For Immediate Release"
Media Contact: Michal Holder, 863 534-6631 or 863 819-0397, pager

From the
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Polk County Crime Stoppers

Juan OrtizApprehended
Man Sought on Murder Charge

Polk County Sheriff's Office Homicide Detectives are searching for 36-year-old Juan Ortiz on a first degree murder charge for the stabbing death of his wife, 24-year-old Kimberly Ortiz. The stabbing occurred at approximately 5 p.m. on Monday, July 26, 1999, at the couple's residence, located at 3835 State Road 60 West Lot #9 in the Willow Oak #2 Mobile Home Park. Investigation revealed that Juan Ortiz stabbed his wife during a domestic dispute at the couple's home. Neighbors called 911, and Kimberly Ortiz was rushed to the hospital, where she died from her injuries. Juan Ortiz fled from the scene in a two-door, dark blue 1985 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale. The front grill area is painted tan/gold. Detectives are requesting assistance in locating Ortiz. He is described as an Hispanic Male, 5'11, medium build with dark hair.

To speak to a detective reference the case, call the Sheriff's Office at 533-0344, or 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!

July 27, 1999


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