District of Columbia, Florida. The Independent: – One of the founders of Salt Life was arrested Friday after an 18-year-old woman in the District of Columbia was found dead in a South Florida hotel.
Laura Grace Duncan was found shot Thursday morning at the Hilton Singer Island Oceanfront Palm Beaches Resort in Riviera Beach after her parents called the District Police office to request a safety check.
Rivera Beach Police said Michael Troy Hotu, 54, of Jacksonville, was arrested Friday and charged with manslaughter in connection with the death of a teenager in Lake City.
Police said Hutu was found in Jacksonville suffering from a medical emergency and was taken to a local hospital.
Rivera Beach investigators then headed to Jacksonville and determined the possible reason for his arrest.
Hotu, with the help of the Florida Highway Patrol, was arrested without incident and taken to Duval County Jail.
In coordination with these various agencies, he published this vital information and the agencies under which they work immediately, and they succeeded in detaining him immediately, very quickly. It’s very rare, said Ken Jefferson, a crime and safety expert at News4Jax.
FHP arrests a South Florida homicide suspect🔸
Wonderful teamwork with Rivera Beach PD to bring this suspect to justice. Michael Troy Hutu was arrested in Baptist South for killing a teenager recently in South Florida. Hutto was extradited to Duval County prior to trial by FHP. pic.twitter.com/6UsXpipvFW
– FHPJacksonville (FHPJacksonville) October 30, 2020
“Our deepest sympathy is to the victim’s family in this tragic event.” Said Mark Hunter, Sheriff of the District of Columbia, although we had hoped for a better outcome, we will assist in any way possible in bringing those responsible to justice.
The Rivera Beach Police Department is leading the murder investigation. Anyone with information regarding the case is required to contact the Rivera Beach Police Department at (561) 845-4123 or the Detective Department of the District of Columbia Police Office at (386) 758-1095. Citizens can also report the information through Crime Stoppers of Columbia County at (386) 754-7099, or by submitting a tip online at www.columbiacrimestoppers.net.
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