Man commits suicide after confessing to estranged wife’s death, Winter Garden police say

Investigators: Suspect sent messages claiming responsibility for woman’s slaying

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – A woman was found slain in her Winter Garden apartment Monday, however, the primary suspect in the case is now also dead after police say he took his own life.

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Winter Garden police said around 3:15 p.m. officers responded to the Promenade Apartments on Winter Garden Vineland Road for a wellbeing check.

Investigators said they found 44-year-old Gislaine DeLima Felipe dead. Felipe died following an apparent struggle but her cause of death is pending an autopsy, according to police.

Officers said during the course of the investigation detectives received information that the victim’s estranged husband, Marcelo Felipe, 46, sent messages to friends claiming responsibility for her death.

Police said officers learned Felipe fled to an apartment complex in West Palm Beach.

Winter Garden police worked with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and West Palm Beach police to locate Felipe but investigators said he took his own life before officers could apprehend him.

“As both the victim and suspect in this case are deceased certain details will be difficult to develop but further information about the case may be available following the victim’s autopsy,” Lt. Mike Mason said.