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 Erika J. Sukovich

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Erika J. Sukovich

Birth
Death
13 Nov 1972
Hillsborough County, Florida, USA
Burial
Burial Details Unknown
Memorial ID
80607791 View Source

Erika Sukovich was murdered in 1972. She was 19 years old at the time when her body was found behind the mobile home she shared with her boyfriend in Odessa, Florida.

In June 1971, Sukovich moved out of her parents' home in Madeira Beach, Florida, and moved in with her boyfriend Charles Martin, then 25. The couple began dating after meeting at a car wash in Pinellas County, where they worked, Tampa Bay Times reported.

Sukovich and Martin were residing in a mobile home at the Seminole Trailer Park in Odessa until August 1972. Then they moved to another trailer park at Rt. 1, Box 430B, just north of Tarpon Springs Road. Three months later, on November 13, 1972. Sukovich was found dead.

When Martin returned home from his job as a construction worker around 5:19 pm. that day, he discovered Sukovich in the backyard, laying facedown. Martin called 911 after his neighbors confirmed Sukovich was dead.

An autopsy revealed that Sukovich died after being shot once in the back and twice in the head with a small-caliber weapon. The forensic Pathologists stated that she had been dead for several hours before her fully clothed body was found.

Investigators could not establish a motive, as Sukovich was not sexually assaulted, and her home had not been disturbed, according to a 1972 report from The Miami Herald.

Martin was questioned by the police twice. He told them that he was at work around the time that Sukovich was murdered. Maj. John Salla with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said, "his story will be checked, and he will be given a polygraph examination."

It is unknown if Martin took a polygraph examination, or if his story checked out.

Nearly five decades have passed, and still, no arrests have been made in connection with Sukovich case, leaving her case unsolved.

Anyone with information regarding the unsolved murder of Erika Sukovich is encouraged to contact the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office Homicide Section at (813)-247-8660.

Erika Sukovich was murdered in 1972. She was 19 years old at the time when her body was found behind the mobile home she shared with her boyfriend in Odessa, Florida.

In June 1971, Sukovich moved out of her parents' home in Madeira Beach, Florida, and moved in with her boyfriend Charles Martin, then 25. The couple began dating after meeting at a car wash in Pinellas County, where they worked, Tampa Bay Times reported.

Sukovich and Martin were residing in a mobile home at the Seminole Trailer Park in Odessa until August 1972. Then they moved to another trailer park at Rt. 1, Box 430B, just north of Tarpon Springs Road. Three months later, on November 13, 1972. Sukovich was found dead.

When Martin returned home from his job as a construction worker around 5:19 pm. that day, he discovered Sukovich in the backyard, laying facedown. Martin called 911 after his neighbors confirmed Sukovich was dead.

An autopsy revealed that Sukovich died after being shot once in the back and twice in the head with a small-caliber weapon. The forensic Pathologists stated that she had been dead for several hours before her fully clothed body was found.

Investigators could not establish a motive, as Sukovich was not sexually assaulted, and her home had not been disturbed, according to a 1972 report from The Miami Herald.

Martin was questioned by the police twice. He told them that he was at work around the time that Sukovich was murdered. Maj. John Salla with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said, "his story will be checked, and he will be given a polygraph examination."

It is unknown if Martin took a polygraph examination, or if his story checked out.

Nearly five decades have passed, and still, no arrests have been made in connection with Sukovich case, leaving her case unsolved.

Anyone with information regarding the unsolved murder of Erika Sukovich is encouraged to contact the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office Homicide Section at (813)-247-8660.

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