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|Re: Indictment of Murder Suspect|
|Tuesday, 14 December 2010 15:14|
Sheriff Paul C. May has released the following information:
Reference: Indictment of Murder Suspect
On March 25, 2005, Okeechobee County deputies responded to 143 SW 19 Drive, Okeechobee, Florida, in reference to the discovery of a deceased person. Upon investigation, the male was identified as Hispanic male, Pedro Denova, date of birth 3/25/51 of 1902 SW 2 Way, Okeechobee, Florida.
Mr. Denova had been stabbed. Autopsy results revealed a sharp force injury to the body caused the death. Investigative leads were followed however, never led to the person(s) responsible for the death of Mr. Denova.
In July 2010, an investigator with the Sheriff’s Office was reassigned the Denova murder. After reviewing and organizing the case file and reading the reports of those previously interviewed, the investigator began interviewing once again. Information was obtained leading to Patricia Lynn Gonzales, who was currently incarcerated in the Okeechobee County Jail. After the initial and subsequent interviews, Ms. Gonzales did in fact admit to her participation in the death of Mr. Denova.
On December 14, 2010, the 19th Judicial State Attorney’s Office conducted a grand jury and after hearing the facts in the case, the jurors came back with an indictment of First Degree Felony Murder. Patricia Lynn Gonzales, 37 YOA, will be arrested. Gonzales has been in custody of the Okeechobee County Jail since October 11, 2010, for the offenses of Fraudulent Use of Credit Card, Criminal Use of Personal ID Information and Grand Theft in an unrelated case.
Sheriff May said of the investigation, “I’m very happy that this family is finally getting some closure. Investigator La Flam did an excellent job and our other cold cases will be re‐examined also. We will never stop looking for these people who commit the crimes of murder.”
For further information, please contact:
Michele Bell, Public information Officer
Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office
504 NW 4th Street
Okeechobee, Florida 34972
(863)763‐ 7157 (fax)