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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Eleazer, Carrie

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 12/16/2015 

 PCSO Detectives Arrest Lakeland Woman for First Degree Murder in Homicide of Gary Greenfield 

On Tuesday, December 14, 2015, PCSO Homicide detectives obtained an arrest warrant for 58-year-old Victoria Collins of 5211 White Egret Lane in Lakeland and took Collins into custody without incident, for one count First Degree Murder (Capital Felony) and one count Tampering With Evidence (F-3) in the homicide of 65-year-old Gary Greenfield, who rented a home from Collins at 1216 Windsong Drive in Lakeland.

According to the affidavit, Greenfield's body was discovered on July 29, 2015, by a landscaping crew on the southeast side of the Windsong Drive property, covered with a gray tarp and a piece of wooden fence. During the investigation, detectives interviewed Collins, who owns the home, several times. She told detectives she had not heard from Greenfield since mid-June 2015 and assumed he was working as an over the road truck driver.

However, witnesses and evidence gave different accounts of Collins' story. After an autopsy and toxicology analysis, the Medical Examiner ruled Greenfield's death a homicide. Detectives established probable cause that Collins knew Greenfield was deceased, and she hid his body in hopes of it being undetected. She collected rent from Greenfield's bank account after his death, and used his personal debit cards to make purchases after his death. Cell phone records show Greenfield's phone was near Victoria Collins after his death, and detectives believe Collins had possession of it. Detectives believe Collins used the drug Ambien to render Greenfield incapacitated in order to intentionally kill him.

Collins was booked into the Polk County Jail on the aforementioned charges.