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Date of Issue: September 03, 2008

Homicide victim's personal possessions found

Holmes Beach police have recovered personal property officers believe belonged to Carla Beard, found slain in the city Dec. 1, 2007.

Beard’s body was found in a bed of seagrape leaves at a beach house at 50th Street and Fifth Avenue.

Authorities believe Beard, 29, was killed sometime after she left a First Step substance-abuse treatment center in Sarasota on Nov. 26, 2007.

In late August, someone on the beach near the Martinique Condominiums found the items that supposedly belonged to Beard.

“The nature of it is personal property,” said Holmes Beach Police Lt. Dale Stephenson. “Somebody who was hanging out on the rocks happened to see it.”

Stephenson declined to detail the items found, but said the property matched descriptions of items known to be in Beard’s possession when she was last seen.

“We knew she was out on the beach and we knew there was property missing,” Stephenson said.

He said the items were “properly packaged” and are now with crime-scene technicians.

“That’s about all I can say on that,” he said.

The Gold Star Club of Manatee County continues to offer a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and the Manatee County Crime Stoppers has put up an additional $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

Authorities have urged 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.