Mount Dora police start year investigating homicide of husband and wife killed in their senior living apartment

Mount Dora police start year investigating homicide of husband and wife killed in their senior living apartment

Mount Dora Police Department is investigating the homicide of an 83-year-old husband and 80-year-old wife found dead inside their Waterman Village senior living apartment on Saturday afternoon, Interim Police Chief Mike Gibson said at a press conference Sunday afternoon.

Police and city officials told residents the city is safe and that they have called in reinforcements to help to solve the double-homicide.

Around 4 p.m. on Saturday, Mount Dora Police received a 911 call from Waterman Village security about suspicious activity at 161 Lake Margaret Circle where officers found the husband and wife dead inside their apartment, Gibson said.

“The circumstances surrounding their death is suspicious in nature,” Gibson said. “Moving forward, while this is a very sad day for the city of Mount Dora, I want you to know that we’re committed to learning the facts surrounding this untimely death.

The victims’ son, who is currently out of town, has been notified by officials but officers did not release his or his parents’ identities.

Special agent in charge with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Lee Massie, said FDLE is committing lab and forensic science resources at the direction of Gibson.

“We also have some investigative techniques that if we need to start looking for vehicles or other devices that may or may not have left the scene we will be committing those resources as well,” Massie said.

Mount Dora Mayor Crissy Stile said residents should feel safe where they live regardless of the two Mount Dora residents whose lives were lost.

“I just want to take a moment to assure the residents of our city that you shouldn’t feel any less safe than you felt yesterday morning when you woke up,” Stile said. “Our police department serves the city well; they protect our city. We’re a strong community and we’ll continue to be a strong community.”

Crime rates reported by the Mount Dora Police Department have steadily decreased from 2017 through 2020, according to the latest data available from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Officials ask anyone with information to call the Mount Dora Police Department Criminal Investigations Unit at 352-735 -7130 or Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS.