Titusville detectives may have been left with more questions than answers in a gruesome slaying after a person of interest in the case was killed in a Sunday night crash following a police pursuit in Georgia, officials report.
The traffic death happened hours after Titusville police issued an alert for the unidentified person who was spotted near a home in the 200 block of Avilez Boulevard where the woman was found. According to authorities, the victim was beheaded and her remains placed in containers.
"We don't know what the relationship between the two is," said Lt. Cleyton Brey of the Titusville Police Department. The woman, a one-time waitress with a history of domestic violence-related nor the man -- who is the person of interest -- have not been identified but Brey said, "we believe we know who it is."
Detectives talked with the parents of one person who lived at the home. It was determined that a old Nissan was missing from the residence.
Before the remains were collected and removed from the home, officers learned that the person of interest was seen leaving the Titusville neighborhood earlier in the day.
About 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Camden County Georgia Sheriff's Department deputies spotted the Nissan heading northbound on Interstate 95 and attempted to pull the vehicle over for a traffic stop.
"We had two deputies sitting out looking for the vehicle," said Camden County Deputy William Terrell.
The driver, possibly a woman, then led deputies on a chase on Interstate 95. "It was a brief pursuit. At times it was a high speed pursuit," Terrell said.
"The driver came up on some traffic, went to the right and appeared to overcorrect. The (Nissan) went into the median, into the trees. It was dark. (The person of interest) was deceased at the scene," Terrell said. A second person, the driver, was also in the vehicle, said Terrell, adding the unidentified person was taken into custody.
The incident was reported Sunday afternoon to Titusville police and is the fourth reported homicide of the year in Brevard County. The body was removed from the home and taken to the Brevard County medical examiner's office.
An autopsy was set to take place today to help determine how the victim was killed and what was used in the dismemberment.
Detectives are withholding both the names of the victim and the person of interest until identification can be verified.
Anyone with information in the case is asked to call CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS.
J.D. Gallop, FLORIDA TODAY