Yesterday I did a lot of research into a possible lead. A girl, who looked about ten years old, told me on Sunday that she had spotted someone matching the description and was able to identify the apartment that he lived in until recently. She said that he had just moved out. I looked up the owner from the Property Appraisers database, Googled them and found their business web site. I visited the business in Largo on that day but it was closed. I always find it better to approach people in person rather than deal with email and phone, which can be too easily filtered. It is easier to read people in person too, in case they are hiding something.
On Monday, I did end up calling. The owner was a bit puzzled and paranoid that I had tracked him down, but he revealed to me the property manager’s name. I went to his office but he wasn’t in, so after keeping his office under surveillance from the porch of a local eatery, the Craftsman House, I gave up and phoned him. He was helpful and told me that the tenants had been evicted just a week earlier. The lease was in the name of a woman, and the boyfriend was living there illegally with his illegal dog. He gave me the names of the two. I looked them up on the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office web site, and sent the property manager the mugshots. He confirmed that the man was the person he had evicted. The trouble now, is how to find them. I have the name and several addresses for the man’s mother, and even visited an address form the phone book, to find it was a vacant lot. I left a message for Officer Westerman to tell her what I had found out.
The owner did call back later to see if I had gotten the information that I needed. He was still curious as to how I had tracked him down so I told him. He said that he regarded buying that property as one of the worst mistakes of his life. I joked the even on a sunny day he would probably find a black cloud above it. I said that if we could get the person who killed Amy locked inside then I’d gladly burn it down for him. That was a joke!
A couple of people tell me that they have added the site to their MySpace profiles: