MANATEE — Dr. James Briles unleashed the anger he feels against whomever took the life of his wife Kathleen today, as his family and two crime fighting groups offered $50,000 for information that leads to the capture of her killer.
Dr. Briles, a well-known Palmetto physician, on Aug. 3 found his wife bound and beaten to death in the living room of their Terra Ceia home, the doctor said at a news conference this morning.
He pleaded for anyone with information on the crime to come forward, and blasted whoever did it as “evil and subhuman.”
“This was a despicable act perpetrated by the most cowardly of cowards on a totally innocent woman,” Briles said.
The doctor described finding his wife when he returned to his Bayshore Drive home about 8 p.m. that Monday. Manatee County Sheriff’s Office detectives believe she was killed sometime that afternoon.
“I found her lying cold and lifeless in a pool of blood,” he said.
Dr. Briles went on the describe the painful grieving his family has suffered since he found her killed.
“She was a kind soul, had a good heart and a great spirit. My joy is gone without her. The outrage boils over in myself and my family,” he said.
Manatee Sheriff Brad Steube said Briles’ impassioned plea should bring anyone with knowledge of the killing to come forward, and stressed information can be provided anonymously while still claiming the reward.
“What he said, and what he is going through is heart-wrenching,” Steube said. “We are looking for a break in the case.”
The Briles family put up $39,000 of the reward, the Gold Star Club of Manatee $10,000 and Manatee Crimestoppers $1,000, for information on the case.
“I don’t care who you are, what you do, whether you are legitimate,” Dr. Briles pleaded. “We need a heroic real man, or heroic real woman, a human being, to come forward and give us information.”
Anyone with information on the killing of Kathleen Briles can call Crimestoppers at (866) 634-TIPS, or Manatee County Sheriff’s Detective Stephen Ives at (941) 747-3011, ext. 2493.
Also, Gold Star President Ron Getman said people can log onto www.goldstarclub.com and click on the “Donate” link to add to the reward being offered in the Briles case. Gold Star is a non-profit organization, and all donations will go to the reward fund, said Getman, who also is a Manatee County commissioner.