Third Homicide in Manatee Since January 1st

The Manatee county sheriff’s office confirms they’re investigating their third homicide of the year.

78 year old Ina Gross of Lakewood Ranch was found dead Monday in the garage of her home on Hyacinth Place in Riverwalk Hammock.

The sheriff’s office isn’t releasing any details as to the cause of death but they don’t think the homicide is random.

Deptuies removed Gross’ car from the garage of the home yesterday to examine it for forensic evidence.

Gross and her German Shepherd Nicky were regulars at the local dog park…friends are wondering how anyone got to Gross without the dog attacking.