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Release Number: 15-374
- For Immediate Release:
- Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
- July 21, 2015
- Contact Person:
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Detectives are asking for anyone with any information reference this homicide to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
- July 21, 2015
- Time: 9:00 AM
- University Area Community Center
- 14013 North 22nd Street
Samuel Elija Clarke (deceased)
Last known address - 2017 E. Patterson St, Tampa, FL
Just before 9:00 a.m. on July 21, 2015, HCSO received a call from an employee of the University Area Community Center, 14013 N. 22nd Street, that there was ,what appeared to be, a deceased female laying on the ground next to the basketball courts. When deputies arrived, they confirmed the individual was deceased and notified our Criminal Investigations Division for further investigation.
HCSO homicide detectives responded to the scene and, with the assistance of medical personnel from the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner's Office, confirmed that the victim exhibited obvious signs of homicidal violence to the upper body and that the victim was a male dressed in women's clothing.
At this time, we cannot release anything further regarding the exact cause of death until the completion of the victim's autopsy.
Detectives and Crime Scene Technicians will continue to process and examine evidence at the scene and conduct neighborhood interviews.
Detectives are asking for anyone with any information reference this homicide to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at 247-8200 or anyone with any information regarding the identity and whereabouts of any suspect(s) and who wants to be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477), report anonymously online at www.crimestopperstb.com or text "CSTB plus your tip" to C-R-I-M-E-S (274637).