HBPD investigates killing; body found near beach
|Carla Ann Beard, 29|
The Gold Star Club of Manatee County is offering a $5,000 reward for
information that leads to an arrest in the slaying
of Carla Anna Beard.
Beard’s partially clothed body was found Dec.
1 about 100 yards from the Gulf beach in Holmes Beach
by visitors at a rental house at the beach end of 50th Street.
29, is believed to have died due to blunt trauma to
the head and the Holmes Beach Police Department is
investigating the case as a homicide.
Police said Beard left the First
Step drug and alcohol treatment center in Sarasota
on Monday, Nov. 26. She is believed to have left in
a taxi bound for a Salvation Army center, but her whereabouts after leaving
First Step are unknown.
Police suspect Beard was killed several days before
her body was found.
Authorities are urging anyone with
information about Beard’s death to call
the Holmes Beach Police Department at 941-708-5800. Anonymous tips may also be
made to Manatee County Crime Stoppers hotline at 866-634-8477 (TIPS) or at www.manateecrimestoppers.com/anonymoustips.html.
In addition to the Gold Star award, Crime Stoppers is offering $1,000 for information
that leads to an arrest and conviction.