Missing woman's boyfriend: "Person of interest"

8:09 AM, Sep 14, 2006   |    comments
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Temple Temple, Florida - Terrace Police now have a "person of interest" in the disappearance of 60-year-old Sandra Prince, who was last seen December 30, 2005.

He's Earl Pippin, a contractor now living near Lake Panasofkee in Sumter County.

Pippin is 53-years-old, police say he is the sole beneficiary of Prince's estate, and had been Prince's boyfriend for the past five years. Police say he is married but his wife has filed for divorce.

There is also more news about a key clue: an ATM video released in January.

It shows a man wearing a mask, withdrawing money from Sandra Prince's bank account.

Police now confirm, the man was also driving Sandra Prince's car, then brought back to her Temple Terrace home.

Michael Dunn, City of Temple Terrace Spokesman:
"That the vehicle was brought back to the house, and dropped off leads investigators to believe that it was someone who knew her."

Police looked the car after Prince was reported missing, they found Prince's blood in the trunk.

Michael Dunn:
"It was a sufficient enough amount to indicate foul play. It remains a missing persons case at this point, but we're starting to see evidence that it is something more than that."

The social worker's friends, neighbors, and colleagues who held vigils eight months ago, praying for her return were not talking about the new developments in the case.

Privately, one friend told 10 News, Prince was somewhat secretive about relationship with her boyfriend, person of interest Earl Pippin.

The two owned properties together, and police say the two were a couple for five years, even though Pippin was married to another woman.

Police say Pippin was originally co-operating with detectives after the disappearance.

Michael Dunn, City of Temple Terrace Spokesman:
"Recently, he stopped talking. And has not been returning calls, he retained a lawyer. And he has not talked to us since then."

Police say Pippen has retained a lawyer but they have no idea who.  A man answering Pippen's business phone identified himself as an employee and said the company has no comment.  All 10 News' attempts to contact Pippen and his wife were unanswered.  An $80,000 reward is being offered for  information leading to Sandra Prince's whereabouts 

Dave Bohman and Sara Dorsey, Tampa Bay's 10 News

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