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Date of Issue: January 10, 2008

Information sought in former Bradenton Beach resident's death

Brian T. Morrissey, 51

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office is looking for information regarding the slaying of former Bradenton Beach resident Brian T. Morrissey, 51, who was found dead early in December 2007 in Sarasota.

"Specifically, we're looking for anyone who might have known Morrissey or knew anything about him, such as where he might have hung out, or who he might have known," Sarasota Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. Chuck Lesaltato said. "At this point, detectives are stumped and we're asking the public's help," Lesaltato said.

A press release said deputies are actively investigating the homicide of Morrissey, who was found dead in his home by concerned friends on Dec. 3, 2007, at 5:26 p.m., at 2114 Bispham Road, Suite 7, Sarasota.

"When deputies arrived, the front door was locked," Lesaltato said. "Whoever killed Morrissey locked up when he or they left."

Morrissey’s body was turned over to the medical examiner’s office. After an autopsy, it was determined he died as a result of homicidal violence.

Lesaltato declined to comment on the presence of illegal drugs or how Morrissey was killed.

According to Manatee County court records, Morrissey was arrested in September 2005 and charged with a felony and several misdemeanors of possession of a controlled substance. The original arrest report said Morrissey was acting strangely at Tyler's Ice Cream, 11904 Cortez Road W., and had been asked to leave. He left the store, but remained on the property outside, hardly able to stand and speaking incoherently, according to reports. When deputies attempted to arrest him, he threw a black leather bag into a ditch. The bag was recovered and found to contain a small amount of crack cocaine, a crack pipe and several narcotic pills.

Morrissey was living in Bradenton Beach at that time, in the 2500 block of Avenue B.

Anyone with information regarding this case should contact Det. Kim McGath at 941-861-4928, or leave anonymous information on the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 366-TIPS (8477).