With unclear circumstances surrounding the discovery of two people found dead in a Brandon home Oct. 10, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office nevertheless is asking for the public's help in finding a man they believe might have information in the case.
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- UPDATE — Sheriff David Gee: 'Clearly We Have A Double Murder' (Video report from the crime scene late Thursday night, Oct. 10.) Two women, age 23 to 24, were found dead in a fire-sooted residence at Carlisle Club Townhomes, at the corner of North Hilltop Road and Highland Ridge Circle. The search continues for Charles Andre Martinez, who reportedly was in the vehicle investigators had been searching for, which was found in Dover.)
"His name is Charles Andre Martinez," reads the sheriff's office's report, which identifies Martinez as a 24-year-old man, who "currently has warrants for home invasion robbery and false imprisonment" unrelated to the Oct. 10 incident.
The report notes that Martinez might be driving a brown 2000 Mazda Protege with a Florida tag: 208-4IV.
Deputies were on the scene earlier in the day, Oct. 10, at 1528 Highland Ridge Circle in Brandon, where two bodies were discovered inside.
"Detectives have determined that the inside of the residence has major fire damage but have not yet determined the cause of the fire," according to the report. "Detectives believe Martinez may have information that is pertinent to this investigation."
Early in the evening homicide detectives reportedly were securing a search warrant "to enter the residence and begin the detailed processing of the crime scene." They also hoped to "obtain a preliminary idea on the cause of death" and "positive identification of the deceased."
The process has expected to take several hours, according to the 6:25 p.m. report.
Anyone with information on the location of Martinez, or the car, is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at 813-247-8200. Or, contact Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay.