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Camera records last known images of Winter Garden murder victim

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Detectives from the Orange County Sheriff's Office Homicide Unit have released three photographs which are the last known images of a murder victim.

A surveillance camera captured images of Frank Wright Sr. inside a McDonald's on Ocoee-Apopka Road.  The images were recorded around 7:30 a.m., on the morning of Wednesday, April 10.

Detectives on Friday confirmed that a body found inside a burning car in the early morning hours of Thursday, April 11, is that of a the Winter Garden man.

Wright Sr. had been missing for two days, last seen by family members around 7 a.m. Wednesday morning.

"He left the house, and he told me he was going fishing," said wife Rosa Wright.

The 65-year-old man left his Winter Garden home but never returned.  His wife said he often went to a home in Apopka, where his late mother lived.  He would store his fish in the freezer at the house, located at 309 McQueen Rd.

According to deputies, something happened during his last visit to the home.

"Some cabinets were open, containers left open," said Jeff Williamson with the Orange County Sheriff's Office.  "Also, the residence was unsecured, and everyone we spoke to said that's not like him to leave the place in disarray and to leave his place unsecured."

As investigators were working this missing person's case, Orange County firefighters were called out to the scene of a house fire early Thursday morning, at what was believed to be a vacant home.  While extinguishing the fire at the home, located at 7466 Radiant Circle, they found a body inside a burned car which was parked in the garage.

The Orange County Medical Examiner later identified the remains discovered in the burning Car as those of Frank Wright Sr.  While this was unfolding, investigators said the man's missing truck and boat/trailer were discovered at 1701 Lee Road in Winter Park.  

Investigators know that the burned car, a Honda Accord, was stolen from the Carver Shores area and reported to the Orlando Police Department.

The funeral for Frank Wright Sr. is scheduled for Saturday at Kingdom Purpose Ministries in Pine Hill.

Investigators are asking anyone who may have seen the truck and boat combo anytime on Wednesday or into Thursday morning, to contact law enforcement directly, or call Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS (8477).


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