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Authorities investigate homicide

MANATEE - Authorities are investigating the homicide of a woman late Monday night at a house on Bayshore Drive off U.S. 19 near Terra Ceia.

Kathleen Briles, 48, was found dead in her living room by her husband Dr. James Briles around 7:50 p.m. when he came home.

The medical examiner, the Manatee County sheriff’s command center and forensic unit were called to the scene, sheriff’s spokesman Randy Warren said. The cause of death was not immediately known.

Crime scene tape had been placed around a nearby wooded area and outside the home as investigators worked to determine the nature of the crime.

Warren said no arrest had been made and could not comment on possible suspects. Anyone having any information about the crime, should call the sheriff's office at (941) 747-3011.

Briles' death is the 23rd homicide investigated in Manatee County this year.

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