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Death of person investigating Michelle O’Connell case ruled a homicide – FirstCoastNews.com WTLV

A murder investigation is underway after the suspicious death of a person investigating the case of Michelle O’Connell has been ruled a homicide, according to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office.

Ellie Marie Washtock, 38, of St. Augustine, died on Jan. 31 from a gunshot wound to the head at a Laterra Condominiums residence in World Golf Village, deputies said. The death was ruled a homicide on Friday by the medical examiner, the sheriff’s office said.

Washtock, who at different times had identified as both male and female, was found by his 15-year-old son, deputies said.

Deputies said Washtock was a private citizen investigating the controversial St. Johns County shooting death of Michelle O’Connell in 2010.

“I think it’s somebody involved with Michelle’s case that was involved with killing Ellie,” Michelle’s mother Patti told First Coast News on Monday.

Michelle O’Connell had been in the process of breaking up with her boyfriend, Jeremy Banks, a St.

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Suspicious death in Hampton ruled homicide

Authorities investigating a suspicious death in Hampton have released the victim’s name but have not said not how he died.

The victim has been identified as Juan Astacio, 34.

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“Police were notified on Saturday night about an incident,” said Associate Attorney General Jeffery Strelzin. “They responded, and after they responded where they found the victim, and he was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.”

An autopsy was conducted Monday. The manner of death was ruled a homicide, but the cause is being withheld pending further investigation.

“All I can say is that he had sustained injuries, and that is why he was taken to medical treatment,” Strelzin said. “We are doing additional investigation to the case, and once we have further details, we expect to release additional information.”

This is the 14th homicide in New Hampshire since the beginning of

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Suspicious death of Hampton, NH man ruled a homicide




The death of a man found unconscious with “unknown injuries” in his Hampton, N.H., apartment Saturday has been ruled a homicide, officials said.

An autopsy performed Monday determined that Juan Astacio, 34, was killed, authorities said. The cause of his death was “withheld pending further investigation.”

Police found Astacio after receiving a call about an incident at his apartment, officials said. He was later pronounced dead at a local hospital, officials said.

The investigation is ongoing, officials said, and anyone with information is asked to call State Police at 603-223-4381.

Breanne Kovatch can be reached at breanne.kovatch@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter at @breannekovatch.

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Suspicious death of Hampton, N.H. man ruled a homicide

The investigation is ongoing, officials said, and anyone with information is asked to call State Police at 603-223-4381.


Breanne Kovatch can be reached at breanne.kovatch@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter at @breannekovatch.

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Suspicious Death in Laconia, NH Ruled as Homicide

New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald and state police announced an autopsy was conducted Saturday on a Laconia, N.H. resident.

Wilfred Guzman, Sr., 57, was discovered deceased inside his Laconia home on April 19.

Dr. Christine James of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined the cause of Guzman’s death was blunt and sharp force trauma to the head. The manner is ruled as a homicide.

New Hampshire State Police and Laconia Police are investigating the circumstances of Guzman’s death. Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact Sgt. Matthew Amatucci of the New Hampshire State Police at (603) 223-4381.

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NEW: ‘Suspicious’ death of Rockdale County woman ruled homicide

The GBI has ruled the death of a Conyers woman found inside a Rockdale County home Friday as a homicide.

Sheriff’s deputies previously said the death of Loretta Goolsby, 58, “appears suspicious,” AJC.com reported. 

RELATED: Authorities investigate ‘suspicious’ death of Rockdale County woman

Goolsby’s body was found inside a home in the 1400 block of Lester Road by deputies responding to a missing person call, said Rockdale County sheriff’s spokeswoman Yolande Moore. Moore could not confirm how the body was found or the manner of death, but she said investigators have identified a person of interest in the case. 

The GBI’s Crime Lab handled the autopsy.

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Woman’s suspicious death in San Diego high-rise ruled an overdose – The San Diego Union

The overdose death of a 29-year-old woman last summer in a downtown San Diego high-rise, which police considered suspicious at the time, was initially ruled an accident by the county Medical Examiner’s Office, according to a previous autopsy report.

But an amended autopsy report released earlier this month by the Medical Examiner’s Office changed Allyson Mary Rieg’s manner of death from “accident” to “undetermined.”

The change was made after Rieg’s husband told police in December that he killed his wife and tried to make it look like an accident — claims that don’t appear to be supported by evidence, according to the autopsy report.

Rieg died June 30, 2018, inside the couple’s condo in the 27-floor Meridian complex on Front and G streets. The day she died, Rieg’s husband told a waitress at a downtown bar that he’d killed his wife. The bar manager called police.

The husband

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Sheriff: ‘Suspicious death’ ruled a homicide, gunshot wounds found

SISKIYOU COUNTY, Calif. —

UPDATE: The investigation into the death of California man found dead in a Siskiyou County ravine has been ruled a homicide after an autopsy found “gunshot wounds.”

Deputies found the body at the bottom of a ravine near the little community of Klamath River.

“An extensive crime scene investigation was conducted by detectives and MCU’s forensic technician. The victim was identified and his next-of-kin has been notified,” the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) said in a statement today.

The victim, 31-year-old Spencer Richard Hodgson, was staying at a house in Klamath River, but had previous ties to the Santa Cruz area.

An autopsy performed on Wednesday determined that Hodgson had died as a result of gunshot wounds, prompting SCSO to consider the case a homicide.

Now the investigation continues. SCSO believes that Hodgson’s truck, a white 2010 Toyota Tundra pickup, was stolen. The truck has the California license plate number 8S04739, may have

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