Woman found shot dead after days in Central Florida Walgreens parking lot, police say




  • In US
  • 2022-05-18 16:55:00Z
  • By Orlando Sentinel

A woman was identified after her body was found in a car of a Volusia County Walgreens parking lot on Tuesday, the victim of a gunshot wound, police say.

Deputy Chief Adam Kisthardt of the DeLand Police Department spoke to the public Wednesday with an update in the homicide investigation of 36-year-old Latosia M. Warren. He said police don't believe the killing was a random act of violence.

DeLand police said Warren's body was found inside a vehicle on Tuesday at 1:15 p.m. in the lot located at the intersection of East New York Avenue and South Amelia Avenue. Police believe the vehicle had been there since Sunday morning.

Kisthardt said police were checking available cameras in the area seeking footage of the car entering the Walgreens parking lot.

Warren's body wasn't discovered between Sunday and Tuesday because of how she was positioned inside the vehicle, he said.

"The way Ms. Warren was seated in the vehicle, she was not very conspicuous from the outside of the vehicle," Kisthardt said. "It seemed like nothing out of the ordinary to a passerby who might've been in the parking lot."

He said they don't have an address for the victim, and she wasn't known to the police department. They believe she was from out of town and traveled "some distance" to be there. Warren's body was found in someone else's car, and DeLand police were made aware of the body through a citizen reporting it.

Kisthardt couldn't speak on whether they had a suspect but that they were "looking at someone" in their investigation.

The medical examiner's office is doing their own investigation, and at the moment, there hasn't been a stated time of death.

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