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Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking for the public’s help in a Homicide Investigation.

At approximately 3:30 am, Tuesday, December 29, 2009, 38-year-old Jonas Ward walked from his bedroom to the front door of his Lunar Circle home in Lakeland, at which time his girlfriend heard the door being opened followed by a gunshot.  Ward died in the living room of his home.

Anyone who has any information about this investigation is asked to contact Detective Gus Aguirre at 863.534.6370, or 863.534.6200.


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: 12/29/2009