Cops On Perry: It Was Homicide
UPDATE: The Zephyrhills Police Department has just put out a press release upgrading the Steve Perry “missing persons” case to an “apparent homicide”. In a terse three sentence statement, Captain Robert McKinney confirmed what everyone following the case had suspected and feared since Perry went missing on May 13th and his blood soaked van was found near an unidentified body part. Police also said laboratory evidence was pending at this time.
Perry’s estranged wife Krystal Carroll told reporters yesterday that police informed her the comics writer is dead. Carroll has also told reporters that police have cleared her of any involvement in Perry’s disappearance. Perry had a domestic violence restraining order granted against Carroll in the days leading up to his mysterious disappearance but Carroll denies she hit Perry: “The whole injunction thing was being vindictive about getting custody. We have never been like that. Never.”
Tampa Bay Online is reporting:
On May 16, police knocked on the door of Carroll’s mother’s home where she is staying and called Krystal outside. They said they wanted to talk to her alone.
It was hot out so they sat in a cruiser with the air conditioning cranked. They told her Perry – the man she had until a year ago lived with for eight years – was dead.
“I cried. I cried when they told me,” she said, looking tired, her belly seven months pregnant from a new relationship with a fellow carnival worker and friend of Perry’s.
She said she has been questioned – and cleared of any involvement in Perry’s disappearance and is helping authorities as much as she can.
Meanwhile police are still keeping whatever information they have close to the vest. Though pretty much everyone believes Steve Perry was brutally murdered at this point, he has not been officially declared dead and his two roommates, James and Roxanne Davis are still being held on drug and probation charges.