Marion deputies trying to ID culprit in 29-year-old woman’s shooting death

Melissa Marie Nease was killed Feb. 28

MARION COUNTY, Fla. – Marion County deputies are hoping a surveillance still will help them identify a man wanted in connection with a 29-year-old woman’s shooting death.

Deputies said Melissa Marie Nease was found fatally shot around 4:15 p.m. Feb. 28 at a home on Guava Pass Drive.

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Records show two suspects have already been identified, although their names have not been released, and now authorities are hoping someone will recognize the third.


Posted by Marion County Sheriff's Office on Thursday, March 11, 2021

Surveillance video provided by the sheriff’s office shows a man wearing a beanie, a hoodie and black pants looking at the camera before he runs away, tripping over a chair in the process.

“The hardest thing to swallow was to stand behind the crime scene tape and just look at the house your sister lives in and knows that somebody harmed her in it and there is nothing you can do,” Amy Harris said, Harris is the victim’s sister.\

Anyone who recognizes the man is asked to call Detective Daniel Pinder at 352-368-3508 or, to remain anonymous, call Marion County Crime Stoppers at 352-368-STOP (7867) and reference 21-20 in the tip.

“I promise, I’m not stopping until you are found. I will run these streets every day looking at everybody’s face until I find them, whoever it maybe we’re going to find you,” Harris said.

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