Deaths of Mount Dora couple at senior living community being investigated as homicide

‘Circumstances surrounding their death is suspicious in nature,’ Chief Mike Gibson says

MOUNT DORA, Fla. – Mount Dora officials on Sunday announced a man and woman were found dead the day prior in an apartment at a senior living community.

Officers with the Mount Dora Police Department on Saturday responded around 4 p.m. to a report of potential suspicious activity at 161 Lake Margaret Circle in Waterman Village, according to a news release. The two, an 83-year-old man and an 80-year-old woman, were found dead by police.

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Interim Mount Dora police Chief Mike Gibson said at a press conference that the two were husband and wife. The man and woman were residents of Waterman Village, according to Gibson.

“The circumstances surrounding their death is suspicious in nature,” Gibson said. “So let me be clear, this is a homicide investigation.”

Lee Massie with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said FDLE is assisting the Mount Dora police with their investigation, specifically with the forensic science aspects.

“FDLE is 100% in support of anything we can do to assist in solving this,” Massie said.

Mayor Crissy Stile told residents that they shouldn’t feel any less safe than they felt yesterday, despite the homicide investigation.

“We’re a strong community and we’ll continue to be a strong community and you should feel safe where you live,“ Stile said.

Officials said that next of kin has been notified, but they are still not releasing the victims’ names at this time.

Anyone with information about the deaths was urged to contact the department’s CSI by calling 352-735-7130, or Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS

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