Date: December 27, 2004 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

Carrie Rodgers, (863) 534-6217 OR (863) 819-1856 Pager

Christmas Weekend Investigations Ongoing

Polk County Sheriff's deputies are conducting two non-related investigations after the Christmas 2004 holiday weekend. The details are as follows:

Deputies responded to assist County EMS around 2:50 p.m. on Sunday, December 26, at 737 Parrot Court in Poinciana to find an unresponsive man and woman. Both subjects were transported to Osceola Regional Hospital, where the female victim was pronounced dead.

Through investigation, it was determined that the power had recently gone out at the residence. Deputies located a generator running inside the garage near the kitchen door to the residence. The male victim has been diagnosed with apparent carbon monoxide poisoning. The cause of death for the female is pending autopsy results. There were no apparent signs of trauma to either of the victims.

The victims are:

Hubert Walcott, DOB 8/7/48, who resides at that residence with the female victim, Aqeelah Rahim, DOB 6/25/59. The investigation is ongoing pending the Medical Examiner's report.

Deputies responded to the Mosaic (formerly Cargill) mine property 2 miles west of 555 on SR 630 in Fort Meade around 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, December 26, to investigate a missing person. In a pit which has been filled with water, three men had been fishing from 11:00 p.m. on Christmas day, until two of the men went to sleep in their trucks around 3:00 a.m., leaving their friend still fishing off the bank. When the two men awoke at 7:00 a.m. they could not find their friend, but discovered the jonboat they had been using to set trot lines partially submerged about 100 yards from shore.

Sheriff's Office Marine Units, Agriculture Units, Dive Team members, and helicopters responded to the scene and began a search, which continues today.

The victim's name is James "Jimmy" Lane, DOB 9/7/66, of 4816 Miley Road in Plant City. His friend Duke Cravey works for Mosaic and thus had permission to fish on the property. His other friend, Clifford Reed, and Cravey are both from Plant City. The search will continue until Lane is located.

Further information can be heard on the 24-hour newsline at 863-534-6397.

Distribution: Undersheriff, Division Commanders, Communications, News Media

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