'Suspicious Death' In Gilchrist County Ruled A Homicide
Published July 25th, 2013
If you know anything about the homicide investigation of Joyce Burrow please contact the Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office at (352) 463-3410. You can also visit the GCSO website (www.gcso.us) or follow them on Facebook (facebook.com/GilchristCountySheriffsOffice) for the latest information about the case.
Bell, Fla. -- What began as a suspicious death is now being called a homicide.
Gilchrist County Sheriff's deputies are looking further into the death of 55 year-old Joyce Burrow, whose body was found near her home yesterday morning.
On Thursday, sheriff's deputies are urging the public to be patient and to come forward with any information that might help solve this case.
Gilchrist County Sheriff Robert Schultz is asking the community for help.
"Anything is significant at this point, nothing's too small, we're asking the pubic to get involved," he says.
They're hoping someone might know something in the small county of just 17,000 now buzzing with questions.
55-year old Joyce Burrow was found near her home early Wednesday, the cause of death has not yet been released, but authorities say it was not of natural causes.
"In order to save the integrity of the case, we cannot disclose certain aspects," Schultz said, "but at the proper time those facts will come out."
Family are devastated, and while they wouldn't speak with us on camera, they did release a statement to TV20 saying, "We the family of Joyce Burrow ask the community to please contact the Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office if you have any information that you think could help the investigation. We would also like to the thank the community for all your prayers and acts of kindness."
Burrow, who lived in Bell, worked at Hitchcock's Market in Trenton before retiring last year, and was a familiar face to many.
Several residents I spoke to say her death has made people uneasy, but a quick resolution may not happen.
Schultz says more than 30 officers are currently assigned to the investigation, exploring every possible lead.
"It's not a sprint but it's a marathon," Schultz said, "we have a lot of endurance and we're going to stay with this, we're going to give it every effort it certainly needs and we're going to exhaust any and all resources that are available to us to make sure we give it all due diligence it deserves."