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Husband, Wife Stabbed To Death By Unknown Person In Daytona Beach During Bike Week
The couple's bodies were discovered around 2:00 a.m. Sunday on the side of the road covered in blood after attending the city's Bike Week festivities.
Authorities are seeking the public's help after a married couple was found stabbed in Daytona Beach over the weekend.
Terry Aultman, 48, and Brenda Aultman, 55, were found by passersby around 2:00 a.m. on Sunday morning on the southeast corner of North Wild Olive Ave.and Riverview Blvd. — a residential neighborhood just two blocks from the Atlantic Ocean near the city's historic district — according to a press release from the Daytona Beach Police Department.
The man who called 911 and a woman on the scene told police that Terry Aultman was lying facedown and Brenda Aultman was lying face-up when found. Both were covered in blood, had multiple stab wounds and lacerations and were declared dead by paramedics when they arrived at the scene. Two bicycles were discovered near their bodies.
According to Daytona ABC affiliate WFTV, police first thought they were responding to a hit-and-run accident, but Daytona Beach Police Chief Jakari Young told the station that, when officers arrived, the couple appeared to have had their throats slit and to have been dragged off the street by their unknown attacker. None of the neighbors apparently heard a thing.
Young said he couldn't remember a more disturbing crime scene in his career in the city, according to the station.
“We can’t rule out that this may be totally random," he told WFTV. “But if it is totally random, the person responsible has to be deranged.”
WFTV further reported that police found a cellphone in the bushes and don't believe the motive was robbery.Police say they believe the couple was bicycling home from the city's Bike Week events on Main Street, about a mile south of where their bodies were found. Brenda Aultman posted a picture of the couple to her Facebook profile around 10:30 p.m. on Saturday night and tagged their location as the Main Street Station Historic Garage Bar; the bar had been advertising three concerts on Saturday as part of Bike Week.
Bike Week — which is in its 81st year — calls itself "the world's largest motorcycle event."
Police said that "a man of unknown race wearing light-colored pants and possibly carrying a backpack" was a person of interest in the case, and asked anyone with information to contact Detective Collin Howell at (386) 671-5257 or HowellCollin@DBPD.us.