Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 11-040

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • February 4, 2011
    • Contact Person:
    • Debbie Carter : dcarter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813-247-8059

    Detectives Make Arrest In 2010 Homicide

    Husband reported wife missing last May.
    • Thursday
    • February 3, 2011
    • Time: 8:00 PM
    • Pinellas County, FL


    Richard Gigante, DOB 5-12-72
    311 West Jean Street
    Tampa, FL

    Second Degree Murder


    Megan Gigante, DOB 02-05-84
    311 West Jean Street
    Tampa, FL


    On February 3, 2011 at approximately 8:00 p.m. detectives arrested Richard Gigante, charging him with Second Degree Murder in connection with the homicide of his wife Megan Gigante.

    On May 31, 2010, at approximately 11:38 a.m. Richard Gigante contacted Tampa Police Department to report his wife missing. He told officers that his wife left their residence on May 26, 2010 and he had not seen or heard from her since that time.

    On May 31, 2010 at approximately 1:30 p.m. deputies were dispatched to Adamsville Road off of U.S. Highway 41 north of Apollo Beach. A resident of the area had discovered the remains of an unidentified female in a wooded area.

    On June 4, 2010, detectives were able to make a positive identification on the victim, Megan Gigante.

    Detectives continued to work diligently on the case and investigated numerous leads and had submitted evidence to be processed in the case. Based on those leads and results of forensic evidence, detectives met with the State Attorney’s Office and presented their findings. As a result of those findings, a warrant was issued for the arrest of Richard Gigante.

    The suspect was located and arrested while in Pinellas County at the Chick Fil A located at 3740 Tampa Road on February 3, 2011 at approximately 8:00 p.m.

    He is currently in the Pinellas County Jail and will be transported to Hillsborough County Jail at a later date.
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