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SUSPECT SOUGHT IN LAKE WALES HOMICIDE  Sought 

PCSO homicide detectives are seeking the whereabouts of Jasper Aristotle Smiddie, DOB 9/27/1992, of 4890 Wales Street in Lake Wales, in the homicide of his grandmother, Gloria Helfrich.

Around 7:40 a.m. on Tuesday, February 7, 2012, PCSO received a call from the Lake Wales Police Department, who had received a call from the Tampa Police Department from a Tampa man who said his son, Jasper Aristotle Smiddie, called him and told him that he had killed his grandmother, with whom he resides in Lake Wales. 

PCSO responded to the residence, 4890 Wales Street in Lake Wales, and spoke with Dustin Smiddie, Jasper's uncle, who also lives in the home. The deputies told Dustin they were there to check on Gloria Helfrich (Dustin's mother and Jasper's grandmother), DOB 7/11/1944, and Jasper. 

Gloria's bedroom door was locked. Deputies kicked in the door and found Gloria inside deceased, the obvious victim of a homicide. Jasper was not at home, and is believed to be in Gloria's silver 2006 Toyota Rav-4 SUV, with Florida tag N59 9GP.

Attached is a PCSO January 30, 2012, mugshot of Jasper Smiddie. If anyone has information on Jasper's whereabouts they are urged to contact the Polk County Sheriff's Office at 863.298.6379.

 

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 www.P3tips.com 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: 2/7/2012