Authorities say a suspect in the stabbing death of a Daytona Beach woman was found dead in Key West.
Investigators say a woman was parking her car Sunday morning when she saw a man, now identified as Thomas Tomkiewicz, 56, lying face down on the ground between two buildings.
Daytona Beach Police Chief Mike Chitwood says Tomkiewicz died of an apparent drug overdose. Authorities had been searching for his since Friday as a suspect in the death of his 56-year-old live-in girlfriend Ann Marie Antonaccio.
Tomkiewicz was said to be Antonaccio's live-in boyfriend. Her body was found inside her house on Thursday after friends asked for a well-being check. The Volusia County Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy and told police Antonaccio had been murdered and that her throat had been slit. The woman had been dead several days.
Neighbors along Vermont Avenue were shocked to learn about the murder.
"That is sickening," said Joy McMahon, who said Antonaccio moved in next door to her 30 years ago. "Makes me realize, when I see something that raises the hair on the back of my neck, I've got to call [police] right then."
McMahon said Antonaccio would always sit outside on the front porch, but she hadn't seen her neighbor since Saturday. She said Antonaccio made no mention of going out of town, and something else didn't make sense when she saw Tomkiewicz suddenly coming and going from the house, alone, while driving Antonaccio's car.
"He'd lived there two years and she'd never let him drive her car, and all of a sudden, he's taking the car and she's not even outside," said McMahon.
McMahon said she minded her own business, but she was getting uncomfortable.
"By Wednesday or Thursday, he took the car and never came back," she said, adding, "I thought it's about time."
On Thursday, McMahon said another neighbor showed up at her doorstep concerned about Antonaccio.
"We sat there and talked about our concerns and said it's time to call police."
When police responded, McMahon said the officer got close to the house, smelled a foul odor, and immediately called for back up. After acquiring a search warrant, officers went in the house and found Antonaccio dead in her bedroom.
Investigators are still looking for Antonaccio's 1999 white four-door Toyota with Florida tag J74-OHM. Tomkiewicz was last seen driving it.
Both deaths remain under investigation.
Some information taken from the Associated Press.