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Celebration Homicide Update: Victim's Car Found in First-Ever Murder in Disney Development

Market Street, Celebration, Fla. (Wikipedia/Bobak Ha'Eri)

Celebration Homicide: Police Find Victim's Car in First Ever Murder Investigation
Market Street, Celebration, Fla. (Wikipedia/Bobak Ha'Eri)

CELEBRATION, Fla. (CBS/WKMG) Investigators received a tip that helped locate the car registered to the first  homicide victim ever in the Disney-developed community of Celebration, Fla.

After the man's body was discovered by a neighbor Monday morning, detectives asked for the public's help to find his vehicle, which prompted someone to call a tip line, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Investigators recovered the victim's black 2008 Chevrolet Corvette in Kissimmee on Tuesday, but whoever stole the car is still missing, reports CBS affiliate WKMG.

The Osceola County Sheriff's Office initially deemed the death as suspicious, but later said evidence located in the victim's condominium led investigators to classify it as a homicide.

According to a statement released by the Sheriff's Office, "The identity of the victim and cause of death have not been released at this time."

Dawn Peraino, who lives nearby, said a friend was supposed to be keeping the victim's dog for the Thanksgiving holiday and couldn't reach him over the weekend, according to WKMG. 

"In this neighborhood it's a rare occurrence for the Celebration community, and we are working this as an isolated incident," said Twis Lizasuain, Osceola County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman.

Celebration is a small, family-oriented community that was planned and developed by Disney in the early 1990s, reports WKMG.

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  • Naimah Jabali-Nash

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