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Daytona Police Release Pics Of Person Of Interest In Grisly Bike Week Double Murder
Authorities released pictures and a video of a person of interest in murders of Terry and Brenda Aultman during the city's annual Bike Week festivities.
Authorities in Florida have released images of a man with whom they'd like to speak in regards to two grisly murders over the weekend.
Daytona Beach police posted three pictures and a video, all seemingly from surveillance footage, of a man they're calling a "person of interest" in the murders of Terry Aultman, 48, and Brenda Aultman, 55, on Saturday night or Sunday morning.
Police received a 911 call just before 2:00 a.m. on Sunday about two bodies on the side of a road in a residential neighborhood in the city.
"We found two people, possibly dead," the man who called 911 told a dispatcher, in a recording obtained by Orlando NBC affiliate WESH. "There's blood everywhere."
Police found Terry Aultman face-down and Brenda Aultman face-up on the southeast corner of North Wild Olive Ave. and Riverview Blvd. — just two blocks from the Atlantic Ocean near the city's historic district. Both had had their throats slashed, reported both WESH and Orlando ABC affiliate WFTV, and had multiple stab wounds.
Daytona Beach Police Chief Jakari Young said that it appeared the couple had been dragged off the bikes they were riding and killed, WFTV reported.
The couple, police say, had been bicycling home from the city's Bike Week festivities, an 81-year-old festival which calls itself "the world's largest motorcycle event."
The police originally said the person of interest was "a man of unknown race wearing light-colored pants and possibly carrying a backpack." In the pictures and video released to the public, the man described as the person of interest is wearing a black, cowboy-style hat, a scarf in a Burberry-esque print, a grey tank top, some sort of necklace, low-slung white drawstring pants, tan Timberland-style boots and red gloves. He is carrying a black backpack with two yellow stripes. Police also attempted to capture tattoos the man had on his right arm and shoulder.
The video, taken from surveillance cameras at 12:09 am on Sunday, appears to show him walking east along the south side Seabreeze Blvd., the Daytona News-Journal reported, near the corner of Grandview — two blocks from where the Aultmans were killed. One of the released pictures shows him apparently conversing with a bearded man in a red T-shirt.
The Aultmans had reportedly moved to Daytona Beach just six months ago, WESH and the News-Journal reported.
Brenda Aultman's daughter, Sara Turner, referred to the couple's newly purchased home as their "dream home" in a GoFundMe post to raise month for her mother and stepfather's funeral expenses, the paper added.
"My mom was my best friend and the best mom ever. Selfless, caring, kind, loving and hilarious," she told the paper in a message.
"They were so loved and adored by every person that had the honor to know them. I’m going to miss their raw humor and witty banter,” Turner said in the GoFundMe.
Brenda Aultman's ex-husband had nothing but good things to say about his former wife, from whom he'd been divorced for 20 years.
"Brenda was a sweetheart. She was a wonderful person," he told the News-Journal. "She got along with everybody. She was not a violent person."
She and Terry Aultman had reportedly been married for nine years.
Police are asking that anyone who knows who or where the person of interest is If you know who he is to contact Daytona Beach Police Detective Collin Howell at (386) 671-5257 or HowellCollin@DBPD.us.