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Autopsy confirms that death of Lakewood Ranch woman was homicide

MANATEE — The death of a 78-year-old Lakewood Ranch woman was confirmed a homicide by autopsy results, the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday morning.

“We are able to refer to that as a homicide based on the medical examiner’s autopsy,” sheriff’s office spokesman Randy Warren said.

Warren said the sheriff’s office cannot release information about Ina Gross’s cause of death as of yet for “investigative reasons.”

No one has been named a suspect, Warren said. The sheriff’s office is continuing to interview Gross’s family, friends and neighbors.

Gross, 78, was found dead at 5:37 a.m. Monday in her garage in the 11000 block of Hyacinth Place in Riverwalk Hammock by her son, Tom, who was visiting from Israel. He called 911.

No other information was immediately available.

Gross’s slaying is the third homicide this year. On Friday, 22-year-old Christopher Scott Stokes was found dead inside an abandoned house in the 500 block of 28th Avenue West.

On Jan. 2, Rashawn Scott, 26, was shot dead inside a rooming house on the 2300 block of Fifth Avenue Drive East, in the Memphis neighborhood north of Palmetto.

No arrests have been made in either case.

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