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1 of Brandon homicide victims identified


Published:   |   Updated: October 11, 2013 at 05:54 PM

The Hillsborough County Medical Examiner's Office has identified a homicide victim found Thursday afternoon in her Brandon townhome as 25-year-old Lindsay Nicole Greene.

Greene lived at Carlisle Club Townhomes, 1528 Highland Ridge Circle, where the bodies were recovered.

The second victim has not been identified. It could take several days before the medical examiner's office makes an official identification, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said.

Also today, a man investigators have been wanting to talk to in connection to the deaths turned himself in. At around 4 p.m. Friday, Charles Martinez, 24, turned himself in at the Hillsborough County Courthouse with his attorney by his side. He has not been charged in connection with the case.

Martinez was arrested today, though, on an outstanding warrant from a previous case that included home invasion robbery and false imprisonment, the sheriff's office said.

Martinez, a Tampa man who has a lengthy criminal record, lived part-time in the townhome with the two women. Sheriff's investigators were looking into Martinez's relationship with the women.

Sheriff's deputies and Hillsborough County Fire Rescue responded to the townhome on Thursday afternoon and saw the interior of a townhome that was charred, with two dead bodies inside.

It took investigators about five hours to get a search warrant to enter the home and begin to process the crime scene.

Once inside, investigators found a gruesome scene.

The fire smoldered for a long time in the townhome, and it appears to have been set to cover up the double homicide, said Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee, who held a press conference outside the townhome on Thursday night.

“It's a mess inside,” Gee said. “We are very fortunate that we didn't have a blaze that burned an entire complex.”

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