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MCSO detectives on hold for homicide

By Rick Catlin, Islander Reporter

Doster

Manatee County Sheriff’s Office homicide detectives are waiting for the autopsy report on the July 16 death of Pamela Doster, 45, of Land O’Lakes.

The case is a “possible homicide,” MCSO Detective John Kenney said.

Doster died at Blake Medical Center three days after she was found injured at Passage Key by law enforcement and taken to the Rod & Reel Pier in Anna Maria for transport to the hospital.

At that time, she told the response team her husband had pulled her by the hair from their personal watercraft several times during an argument and that her head struck the PWC.

Michael Doster, 50, was arrested July 13 by deputies and charged with domestic battery. He posted a $5,000 bond and was released.

Pamela Doster was treated at Blake Medical Center in Bradenton and released, then spent the night at a woman’s shelter in Bradenton. The next day, she complained of a severe headache and returned to Blake, where she died the morning of July 16.

Kenney said the results of the autopsy are key to the case.

MCSO is seeking witnesses who may have had contact with the Dosters July 13, the day of the confrontation at Passage Key, when Pamela Doster allegedly saw her husband engaging in oral sex with a man on the sandbar.

Kenney urged anyone with information about the Dosters to contact him at 941-747-3011, ext. 2216.

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