Polk Gandson In Custody In Lake Wales Death

Barbara Ann Kelley, CBSTampa.com

LAKE WALES, FLa.  (CBS Tampa) – The Statewide man hunt for the man wanted in connection with the death of his Lake Wales grandmother has ended with an arrest.

According to Polk County Sheriff’s press release, 19-year-old Jasper Aristotle Smiddie has been taken into custody in connection with the death of his grandmother, Glorida Helfrich. Helfrich’s body was discovered Tuesday in her bedroom of her home by deputies who went to her home to check on her.

Deputies say Smiddle had been living with his grandmother and that he may have been using his grandmother’s credit cards without her permission.

Bay News 9 is reporting the grandmother may have been stabbed 93 times.

CBS Tampa will bring you more news on this story when it becomes available.


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