Police suspect foul play in Kevin Lawya's disappearance

11:24 AM, Jul 5, 2012   |    comments
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St. Petersburg, Florida -- Detectives are investigating a case of a missing St. Petersburg man whose truck was found 6 days after he didn't show up for work with evidence of foul play.

Co-workers at Point Brittany Condos first became suspicious of Kevin Lawya's whereabouts after he didn't show up for work which they said was unusual.

After calls to his phone went unanswered, a co-worker drove to his home in the 2500 block of 15th Avenue North and saw his truck was not there.

The employee called police who investigated the home and spoke with neighbors. Police reported the home showed no signs of forced entry or indications of foul play. Neighbors said there was activity at the home the night before and that his truck was parked out front.

On Monday, July 2, Lawya did not show up to work again and the same co-worker, using a key, went into the home and saw his dog was still there.

The employee contacted police again and they issued a BOLO for Lawya and his truck. His truck was found on the afternoon of July 4 abandoned in the 800 block of Union Street South.

St. Pete Police say they found evidence of foul play in the truck and a forsenic team is investigating.

Investigators are asking anyone with information about Kevin Lawya to call the St. Petersburg Police Department's Communication Center at 727-893-7780.  Anonymous tipsters can use the Tip Line at 727-892-5000 or Text a Tip at 727-420-8911.

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