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Homicide detectives investigate after man found dead in Pine Hills home

Deputies search for person of interest in death investigation

PINE HILLS DEATH INVESTIGATION
PINE HILLS DEATH INVESTIGATION


ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Orange County homicide detectives have identified the man found dead in a home in Pine Hills, and said they have identified a person of interest in the case.

The body of Delroy Baker, 51, was discovered around noon at a home on Indialantic Avenue.

Neighbors came home to the death and a mystery. They said people recently moved into the home.

"My parents have been here since the '80s," Florrita Barnes said. "I've been here since the '80s. We've never seen this, so this is all new. It's a shock, a total shock to the neighborhood."

Deputies said a concerned citizen called for help around noon and the case initially went out as an aggravated battery, but when deputies arrived they found Baker dead.

Detectives are not saying how they believe he may have died.

Cpl. Dave Burdick, with the Orange County Sheriff's Office homicide unit, said, "There is an individual that we're looking at right now that's a person of interest."

While Burdick said there were no signs of forced entry, he would not say if there was a struggle inside the home.

"It kind of concerns me. It's two doors down from my parent's home," Barnes said. "I'm not concerned that my parents would be in any harm, but again, it's a concern that there's a death involved in the neighborhood."

Burdick said investigators do not believe the public is in danger.