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Date of Issue: December 07, 2007

HBPD investigates killing; body found near beach

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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.

Beard, 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.