The Polk County Sheriff’s Office Bureau of Criminal Investigations Homicide Unit is seeking the public’s assistance in locating the body of a 27-year-old missing Winter Haven man, Charles “C.H.” Kindred.
In an effort to resolve this matter and provide the victim’s family with some closure, we have chosen to release investigative details to the public which have not been previously released. The initial facts known to detectives are as follows:
Since then, the investigation’s focus has narrowed on two (2) individuals who are believed to be the last people to see the victim alive. One of these men is the primary suspect of this homicide investigation. This suspect’s name is Robert E. Levesque, DOB 12/31/52, from Bartow, currently incarcerated in the Polk County Jail. At the time of C.H.’s disappearance, Levesque was occupying a business/residence known as Bass Auto Sales located at 5905 Highway 60 East in Bartow. Levesque is a long-time convicted car thief and con man with an arrest history dating back to 1969. Levesque, who was released from prison on 02/01/2000 for the fifth time since 1978, ended up back in the auto theft business and also began using and selling methamphetamine. Here are some of the known facts about Levesque revealed during investigation:
Furthermore, our investigation has revealed that the victim was supposed to have arranged to buy a “chopped” and re-plated stolen Ford pick-up truck from Levesque. Additionally, our investigation revealed that Levesque was at that time in possession of a stolen Ford F-350 truck from Sarasota County. At 10:47 a.m., Levesque made a phone call to a witness in Sumter County looking for a place to hide the stolen vehicle. According to witness statements, Levesque had taken money from several other individuals with the agreement to also sell them a Ford truck. Kindred was in possession of between $2,000 and $5,000 at the time of his death/disappearance.
Because Levesque had not delivered on his promises he was now into several people who had paid him in advance. Therefore, Levesque reportedly told C.H. that he would not be able to sell him the truck. C.H. reportedly knew about the stolen Sarasota County truck and threatened to expose Levesque to police. Sources tell us that it is believed that Levesque used the truck to lure him to an unknown area, where he was murdered.
Levesque, still on probation for auto
theft-related charges, was likely concerned that Kindred would expose his
continuing criminal enterprise to law enforcement, which would result in
Levesque’s probation being violated — a probation violation that, with
additional charges, would likely result in the 49-year-old Levesque going
back to prison for what would ultimately be the rest of his life.
Levesque and the victim were also associated with the sell and
distribution of methamphetamine.
For the past 33 years, Robert E. Levesque has
been in and out of jail/prison, and on and off probation for a variety of
charges, most of which are related to vehicle thefts.
Based upon our investigation we are convinced that Robert Levesque is responsible for the murder of Charles “C. H.” Kindred. Furthermore, we believe that, including Chris Defibaugh, there are others who have knowledge of and may have unwittingly participated in the murder before, during, or after.
“We are devoted to ensuring that Robert Levesque serves the remaining days of his life in the Florida State Prison. I hope and pray that Mr. Levesque will at some point soon be held accountable for his deeds.” said Captain W. J. Martin.
To view the most recent mugshot photos of Levesque and Defibaugh, and surveillance video footage, click here.
We are asking anyone that believes Mr. Levesque has betrayed them, or has any other information about this case, to please call Detective VanSciver or Giampavolo at the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at (863) 534-6379. If anyone has information about this case and wishes to remain anonymous, please call Polk County Crimestoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS.
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