Detectives ‘honing in’ on culprits in Seminole County double homicide

Bodies of Tiffany Church, Trodarius Rainey dumped in different locations

Authorities have identified the body found Tuesday as that of Tiffany Church, a 35-year-old Sanford woman who was reported missing along with her boyfriend, according to the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office.

SANFORD, Fla. – Authorities in Central Florida say they are “honing in” on persons of interest in the case of a man and woman who were fatally shot and whose bodies were dumped in separate locations.

Tiffany Church, 35, and her boyfriend, Trodarius Rainey, 26, went missing Dec. 30. Their car was found abandoned on New Year’s Eve with at least one bullet hole, Seminole County Sheriff Dennis Lemma told reporters at a news conference on Wednesday.

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Rainey's body was found Saturday by a man who was walking his dog at Lake Jesup Park, Lemma said. Church's body was discovered near the railroad tracks on Tuesday afternoon.

“How both these victims died is something that is so heinous, and we will work to ensure that the families of these victims find closure and that the person or people responsible for this are held accountable to the fullest extent of the law,” Lemma said.

Investigators believe the assailants knew the victims, the sheriff said. He added that detectives have “a pretty good idea of what happened,” and are continuing to gather evidence.

The sheriff said preliminary evidence shows that Church and Rainey were killed and then their bodies were dumped in different places. Church appeared to have been shot once. Rainey suffered multiple gunshot wounds.