FBI believes Sandra Prince was murdered in her home

5:17 PM, Oct 25, 2007   |    comments
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  • Temple Terrace, Florida -- Documents released Thursday about the disappearance of 61-year-old Sandra Prince are painting a more deceitful picture about the man at the center of the investigation, her former boyfriend Earl Pippin III.

    Court records show Pippin lied to investigators and evidence at Prince's Temple Terrace home paint the picture of a possible violent murder scene.

    A couple of months after Prince's disappearance, Temple Terrace police brought in the FBI. Federal officials reviewed all of the information in the case and they concluded Prince was murdered inside her home sometime after December 28th 2005. The FBI also concluded Prince was likely murdered by someone close to her and that the murder was not premeditated.

    The court documents also reveal that after Prince was reported missing, authorities found her blood inside the trunk of her car, as well as on the garage floor and garage door of her home. They also found signs that someone tried to clean up Prince's blood in both her garage and bedroom. In addition there were several items missing from Prince's home after she disappeared, including her purse, a bathroom towel, a couple of her journals and a picture on Prince's bedroom night stand.

    The picture was of Prince and Pippin, who officials have only called a "person of interest."

    According to the court documents, officials also believe Prince's body is buried under a South Tampa home that Pippin was helping to construct when she disappeared. Authorities spent four days this past week digging under that home, but there has been no word yet on what investigators may have found. To read the search warrant on the home, click here.

    Preston Rudie, Tampa Bay's 10 News

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