A Murderer May Be at Large in Florida, Police Warn
FLORIDA — September 5, 2018
A mysterious discovery was made in apartment No. 209 at the Margate’s Blue Isle apartment homes in Florida, when a woman suddenly noticed blood flowing from the ceiling and down the wall.
The woman called 911, and while waiting for the police, she tried to contact her neighbors, but no one responded to her knocks. When the police arrived they opened the door lock and found a husband and wife covered in blood, killed in what looked like a murder-suicide. Both of them had a gunshot wound to the head, police said.
The couple was identified as Sally Mantzouranis, 66, found in her bed, and Nicholas Mantzouranis, 84, who was sprawled on the floor, a gun nearby, according to Lt. Joseph Galaska of the Margate Police Department.
“Detectives are still actively investigating this incident, but believe there is no danger to the public at this time,” Galaska said.
Paramedics, police, and firefighters were also summoned to the apartment at 3400 Banks Road at about 4:30 p.m. to perform a welfare check after the tenant noticed the blood.
Another neighbor said that when shots were fired, a round went through into his apartment, but didn’t realize what had actually happened until the police showed up. He also said that he was among those who called the police.
He added the couple “kept to themselves” and didn’t appear to have visitors. Nicholas Mantzouranis seemed “frail,” he said, but often went to Winn-Dixie.
The man allegedly kept one of the market’s grocery carts parked at the base of his stairs, the neighbor said.
Dylan Eggleston, 26, another neighbor, said that he had wondered what all the commotion had been. Crime-scene investigators with cameras went back and forth from the Mantzouranis’ apartment to the one next door, he said.
Eggleston said he only had exchanged hellos and waves with Nicholas Mantzouranis a couple of times since moving in a couple months ago.
“I cannot believe this,” Eggleston said.
Investigators urge anyone with information about the shooting to contact Margate Police Department. The investigation is ongoing. The Police Department spokesman urges people to be careful, as it is unknown now if someone killed the couple, and is now at large. While it seemed like a case of murder-suicide, authorities are urging caution in the interim.