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13-018 Vehicles Recovered In Lealman/St. Petersburg Murder Case; Search Continues For Suspect Jamaal Jenkins (See Press Release # 13-008)

Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Investigative Operations Bureau
-Robbery/Homicide Unit

Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office

Two stolen vehicles driven by murder suspect Jamaal Jenkins have been recovered: a green Toyota Camry and a Chrysler 200. Detectives continue to follow leads in the search for the suspect.

The Chrysler 200 was recovered on January 23, 2013.

The Sheriff’s Office was notified on Friday, January 18th, 2013 that the Toyota Camry was recovered by the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office.

The Chrysler 200 was located in Orange County.

The Camry was located in a wooded area in Sarasota County and the vehicle had been burned.

According to detectives assigned to the Robbery/Homicide Unit the timeline of events is as follows:

The Chrysler 200 was the vehicle driven by victim Destynee Burkes when she arrived at the La Quinta Inn on the evening she was murdered . (For more information on this case see News Release #13-008 and updates) Following the murder, detectives say Jenkins took the Chrysler from the motel and drove into the Orlando area, where he exchanged the vehicle tag.

According to detectives, at some point Jenkins abandoned the Chrysler and acquired a second vehicle – the Toyota Camry. Detectives say this may have been the vehicle driven by Jenkins when he murdered Tieyannie Dewitte Hollis in St. Petersburg. (For more information on this case please contact the St. Petersburg Police Department.)

On Friday, January 18th, 2013, Sheriff’s detectives were notified by the Sarasota Sheriff’s Office that the Camry had been located in a wooded area in Sarasota County and that the vehicle had been burned.

Through their investigation, on Wednesday, January 23, 2013, Sheriff’s office detectives located the Chrysler 200 in Orange County.

According to detectives, the Camry had been stolen from an apartment complex in Orange County that was about 4 miles from where the Chrysler was located.

A cash reward of $50,000 has been offered by the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office to anyone who provides information leading to  Jenkins’ arrest. The reward will be funded by drug forfeiture money.

Detectives continue to follow tips and leads in this case and ask anyone with information on the whereabouts of Jenkins to contact the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office at 727-582-6200 or the St. Petersburg Police Department at 727-893-7780; or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a Crime Stoppers reward of up to $1, 000 contact Crime Stoppers of Pinellas at 1800-873-TIPS(8477).

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