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Detectives Investigating Suspicious Death in Spring Lake 7/27/2020

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Original Information – 07-27-20

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On 07-26-20 just before 5 a.m., Hernando County Sheriff’s deputies responded to Spring Lake Highway just south of Hayman Road in (Spring Lake) Brooksville to investigate a report of a person “down” on the west side of the roadway.

Deputies and Hernando County Fire and Emergency Services arrived on scene to locate a female on the side of the road. The female was pronounced deceased at 5:05 a.m.

A crime scene was established both north and south of the area where the victim was located. Major Case detectives and Forensics specialists were called to the scene to collect physical evidence and conduct the investigation.

The deceased is a white female, 47 years of age.

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The death has been classified as suspicious.

Detectives are requesting anyone who may have seen a vehicle in this area around this time, or may have any information at all on this case to please contact Detective Tom Breedlove at 352-754-6830.

If you have information and would like to remain anonymous – Please call Hernando County Crime Stoppers at 1-866-990-TIPS (8477) or submit your tip via the internet at http://www.hernandocountycrimestoppers.com . You will remain anonymous and also be eligible for a reward up to $3,000 cash!

The investigation is active and fluid. We are unable to release any additional information at this time without compromising the investigation.

Update #1 7/31/2020

The case is being investigated as a Homicide.

Typically, victims of crimes are not identified, as per Marsy’s Law.

The victim’s family has requested (and signed the required waiver) to have the victim’s name released to the public.

The victim has been identified as 47-year-old Emily Marie Kissick of Zephyrhills.

Detectives are again appealing to anyone who may have seen something suspicious in the area of Spring Lake Highway just south of Hayman Road late Saturday night (07-25-20) or before 5 a.m. on Sunday morning to call our office. No matter how insignificant you think it may be, if you saw something, please contact Detective Tom Breedlove at 352-754-6830.

Additionally, anyone who knew Ms. Kissick, and either spoke to her or had knowledge of her plans for last Saturday night, please contact Detective Tom Breedlove, as you may be able to provide assistance in this investigation.

Leslie Stein
Leslie Stein
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