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Polk County Sheriff's Homicide detectives are seeking the public's help in solving a home invasion robbery and homicide that occurred sometime between the hours of 5:30 p.m. New Year's Eve, December 31, 2008, and 9:15 a.m. New Year's Day, January 1, 2009, at 7931 Indian Heights Drive in north Lakeland.

During that time frame, unknown person(s) entered the home of 93-year-old Walter Farley while his son and daughter-in-law were out for the evening celebrating the holiday. When Mr. Farley's son and daughter-in-law returned home on January 1st, they found that Walter had been fatally shot multiple times. It was apparent that a struggle ensued between Mr. Farley and whomever is responsible for his death, and that a home invasion robbery also occurred.

If anyone has information about this incident, they are urged to contact the Polk County Sheriff's Office at 863.534.6200 or 1.800.226.0344.


Anyone with information who wants to REMAIN ANONYMOUS and be eligible for a CASH REWARD is asked to call HEARTLAND CRIME STOPPERS AT 1-800-226-TIPS or log onto to submit your tip via the web. For a secure and password protected mobile app for your smart device, go to the app store and download the free “P3tips” mobile app. No caller ID, no recorded lines, no tracking cookies, no saved IP addresses. Anonymity is Guaranteed!!

Media Contact:                                                   Date: 1/1/2009