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Police Investigate First Ever Murder in Disney-Developed Fla. Community

Police Investigate First Ever Suspicious Death in Disney-Developed Fla. Community
Market Street, Celebration, Fla. (Wikipedia/Bobak Ha'Eri)

CELEBRATION, Fla. (CBS/WKMG) Police are investigating the first ever murder in Celebration, the Disney-developed community in Florida.

Osceola County sheriff's deputies said a woman who was checking on her neighbor found the man's body inside a Celebration apartment around 9:40 a.m. Monday, according to CBS affiliate WKMG.

"An individual called and said she was checking on a neighbor and when she went into the apartment, she found an individual deceased," said Twis Lizasuain, Osceola County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman

Detectives are seeking the public's help in locating a vehicle registered to the man, who lived at the complex.

Deputies described the car as a black 2008 Chevrolet Corvette with the Florida license plate G130FU.

Dawn Peraino, who lives nearby, said a friend was supposed to be keeping the victim's dog for the holiday and couldn't reach him over the weekend, according to WKMG. Investigators with the Osceola County Sheriff's Office have not confirmed many details regarding the case.

While residents wait to get more information, Peraino said she and other neighbors are hoping there's not a killer lurking in their quiet community.

"Everyone knows everyone. It's just a small town feel and we're very upset," Peraino said.

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

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

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call the Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS or the Osceola County Sheriff's Office.

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